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Recommended Resources

We highly recommend all USC students interested in attending law school meet with a pre-law advisor and attend our workshops and events.  If you are interested in reviewing additional pre-law resources, here are some other great options:

Books available in Pre-Law Advising Office

  • 55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays – The Harvard Crimson
  • 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School – Andrew J. McClurg
  • The Best 167 Law Schools (2012 and 2013 editions) – Eric Owens/The Princeton Review
  • Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success - Bergman, Goodman, Holm
  • The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School (2nd edition) – Charles H. Whitebread
  • Getting into Law School Today: The Inside Facts Every Pre-Law Should Know - Martinson, Waldherr
  • How to Get Into the Top Law Schools (3rd edition) – Richard Montauk, Jr.
  • Introduction to Logic (11th edition) – Irving M. Copi and Carl Cohen
  • The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions – Anna Ivey
  • The Law School Admission Game – Ann K. Levine
  • Law School Confidential - Robert H. Miller
  • Law School Essays that Made a Difference (3rd and 5th editions) – Eric Owens/The Princeton Review
  • Legal Research and Writing (3rd edition) – Law Preview
  • CoursebookLaw Preview
  • LSAT Analytical Reasoning: The Complete Collection of Actual, Official Logic Games from PrepTests 1-20 Grouped by Game Type – Traciela
  • LSAT Logical Reasoning: The Complete Collection of Actual, Official Logical Reasoning Questions from PrepTests 1-20 Grouped by Question Type – Traciela
  • LSAT Reading Comprehension: The Complete Collection of Actual, Official Reading Comprehension Passages from PrepTests 1-20 Grouped by Passage Type – Traciela
  • LSAT Logic Games Bible – Powerscore
  • LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible – Powerscore
  • My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor
  • Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (2013) – ABA/LSAC
  • The Official Guide to Legal Specialties: An Insider’s Guide to Every Major Practice Area – Lisa L. Abrams/The National Association for Law Placement
  • The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search – Wayne Breitbarth
  • Reforming Legal Education - Moss, Curtis
  • So You Want to Be a Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Law as a Career – LSAC
  • Should You Really Be a Lawyer? (2nd edition) – Deborah Schneider & Gary Belsky
  • Starting Off Right in Law School – Carolyn J. Nygren
  • A Woman’s Guide to Law School – Linda Hirshman
  • What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law – Tracey E.  George and Suzanna Sherry


  • LSAC ( LSAC's comprehensive services include: LSAT registration, free samples of the LSAT, CAS subscription, CAS transcript reports, letters of recommendation storage, law school applications, etc.
  • USC Career Planning & Placement Center ( The USC Career Planning & Placement Center provides assistance in finding pre-law internships and pre-law related job postings.
  • Law School Numbers ( Law School Numbers allows users to input their GPA and LSAT and compare it to others applying to law school and submit their admissions decision by school. The site generates a graph of admissions, rejections, and wait lists. 

Online Forums


  • USC Pre-Law Blog ( A blog brought to you by the USC Dornsife Pre-Law Advising team, covering all the things you need to know about preparing for and applying to law school.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy ( The Volokh Conspiracy is a group blog with regular contributions on law-related issues from law professors.
  • Above the Law ( takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law. The site provides news and colorful gossip about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments.
  • The Wall Street Journal Law Blog ( The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog covers the notable legal cases, trends and personalities of interest to the business community. Ashby Jones is the lead writer of the blog, which includes contributions from reporters of the WSJ’s Law Bureau, led by Joanna Chung. Ashby, who has covered the legal and business worlds for over a decade as a journalist, has also worked as a litigator at a law firm and clerked for a federal judge.  This blog provides pre-law students with a look into how the law relates to business and economics.
  • The Ivey Files (– Provides helpful law school admissions info from a law school admissions and career counselor.
  • Law School Expert Blog (– Provides helpful law school admissions info from a law school admissions counselor.
  • LSAT Blog Ace the LSAT ( The LSAT Blog: Ace the LSAT is a blog created by Steve Schwartz, a professional LSAT tutor.  He provides weekly tips on how to succeed on the LSAT .
  • The Admissions Dean ( The Admissions Dean, similar to LawSchoolNumbers, allows applicants to submit their LSAT scores, GPAs, etc. and compare themselves to other applicants to determine their chances of being accepted to law school. 


USC makes no guarantee of the accuracy of any information provided by third parties; these links are provided for reference only. For personalized advice, consult a pre-law advisor at the Dornsife Advising Office.