Admissions dean shares tips on how to get into law school

For students interested in becoming lawyers, the application process can be a daunting undertaking. For African American students the odds are anything but promising.

Collins Byrd

Collins Byrd, University of Iowa College of Law

According to a 2012 American Bar Association report, less than 5 percent of licensed lawyers in the U.S. are African American.

Organizations such as the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair have stated that LSAT statistics show African Americans are not faring as well as almost every other group in terms of law school admission predictors. As a result, fewer are being admitted partially due to the lack of access to good pre-law advisement.

In order to give students an inside look into the law admissions process, all area college students are invited to attend an event where they can get tips from a professional with over 22 years experience in law college admissions.

Collins Byrd, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Iowa College of Law will give a lecture, “Navigating the Law School Admissions Web,” at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Kendall Center Hall at Philander Smith College.

According to Dr. Daniel Egbe, chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Philander Smith, any student considering law school should ask themselves the following questions:

1. Are you planning on going to law school?
2. Do you find the law school admissions process challenging?
3. Do you know how to write a personal statement for law school admissions?
4. Are you adequately prepared to take the LSAT?
5. Do you understand how your GPA is factored into the evaluation of your law school application?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then plan to attend the lecture. Byrd has worked in higher education marketing and admissions and enrollment management for 27 years, with 22 years focused on law school admissions.

For more information, contact Egbe at or 501.370.5232.

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