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Professional Organizations

The AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA), with more than 400,000 members, is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. The ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

The COUNCIL ON LEGAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY (CLEO) was founded in 1968 as a non-profit project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minorities and low-income students to attend law school and become members of the legal profession by providing pre-law recruitment, counseling, placement assistance and training.

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR LAW PLACEMENT (NALP) has the ambitious mission to exercise "Preeminent leadership and expertise in legal career planning, recruitment and hiring, employment, and professional development worldwide." There website has some information for pre-law students.


General Information


The LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION COUNCIL has information for prospective law students about LSAT preparation, sample tests, preparation material available for purchase, LSDAS registration, Law School Forums, school rankings and other important details.

TOP LAW SCHOOLS is ''a free and valuable resource to assist students applying to law schools." It offers 2003 law school rankings, tips to master the LSAT, advice for writing your law school personal statements, and many related book recommendations. Furthermore, the website has several articles that offer more detailed law school rankings and discussions.''

The INTERNET LEGAL RESOURCE GUIDE , established in 1995, is a categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites. See part III (Law School Rankings) of Academia. In particular, make sure to check out the ranking web index, raw data law school rankings, and law school profiles. 

JURIST "offers [extremely useful and] reliable law school admissions guides and information on the law school admission process authored by universities and academics across the United States."

4LAWSCHOOL has some very useful pre-law links.

PRELAWINSIDER is published by Crittenden Magazines and is distributed four times a year through pre-law advisors at more than 330 universities nationwide. Checking their home page on January 24, 2006, we saw articles on How will you afford law school and Who's got the best law library and why you should care. Crittenden Magazines also publish National Jurist, a magazine for law students. The National Jurist was launched in 1991, and is distributed at 130 law schools.