How I Got Into Law School: Students of Color Should Opt for This ‘Reach’ School, Says Kristine B. Abrenica of Kasowitz Benson Torres

Welcome to’s “How I Got into Law School” series, which provides the next generation of law students with practical advice on the law school application process. From preparing for the LSAT to deciding whether to write in their personal statements, future 1Ls will find new ways to approach the application process directly from the people who have been in their shoes. Interested in sharing your experience? Email Carley Beckum at [email protected]

Kristine B. Abrenica, Partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres

Law school attended: George Washington University School of Law

Tell us about the process for taking the LSAT. Did you feel confident? Did you feel well prepared? How did you feel after taking the test? At the end of my sophomore year at the City College of New York, I was accepted into an honors program sponsored by a law firm. The program offered LSAT prep classes during the summer between my sophomore and freshman year and throughout my freshman year of college. The prep classes broke down the LSAT for us and gave us plenty of opportunities to take practice tests under real-world test conditions. I found it difficult to balance preparing for the LSAT with my work schedule and college course load. I ended up taking the LSAT twice. On the eve of the first time I took the test, I felt more confident and prepared than when I took my first placement test. However, both times I felt extremely nervous and unprepared after taking the test.

Nancy I. Romero