Getting into Grad School the Second Time Around

Across the country, a growing number of undergraduates is deciding to continue their education. Some business and law schools have seen a 50 percent increase in applications. "We have seen a large increase in applications this year; and I think it is due to several factors. One I'd say the economy. Sometimes when the economy goes down people begin to look at other career options for them," says Paul Smith, assistant dean of the Jones School of Law.

Law school students may see a big jump in earning potential. People with graduate degrees make 30 to 60 percent more than people with just an undergraduate degree. But the surge in grad school applications means it's tougher to get in. Overcoming a low law school admission test or LSAT score is crucial for people who've been rejected.

Smith recommends, "to go back and study, to take prep courses, to look at study guides to try to take it again and try to make a higher score on the LSAT, I think that is probably the most important thing that they can do."

Experts say other tips include calling the admissions office directly to learn what went wrong, going over your application with a professional to see if it has weaknesses that can be strengthened and possibly setting your sights on a different school.

Smith says what's important is to not let rejection on your first try cause you to abandon grad school plans forever, "if they really have a desire to go to law school... keep being persistent about it. Try to take the LSAT again and try to score as high as they can on it."

Smith also says it's important for undergraduates to maintain a high grade point average; it's a number that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Kaplan publishing has a book on selecting and preparing for grad schools. Click this link for more information on it: