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Pre Law

The pre-law section of the Office of Pre-Professional Advising is here to provide timely and accurate advice to students and alumni considering applying to law school.
At the Office of Pre-Professional Advising you will find helpful information to assist you as you pursue your legal career goals.  We encourage you to review this information in detail as you get started and move along to the application process.  Our pre-law services provide information on exploring the law career field, determining when to begin the application process, and also narrowing down which institutions will be a good fit.
We offer individual appointments through drop-ins (during the semester, Tuesday 1-4 and Wednesday from 10-1) and by appointment throughout the year.  The pre-law advisor also hosts workshops about exploring careers in law, personal statements, and the application process.  Join the pre-law listserv to keep yourself up-to-date on pre-law information.  We look forward to working with you!

Exploring Law

If you are considering law school after completion of your bachelor’s degree, you have time to thoroughly explore careers in law in your first couple of years as an undergraduate since there is no “pre-law” major.

The first year in college should be spent focusing on choosing an undergraduate major for which you have a true interest, in which you will do well, and is one you will find academically challenging.  This major should also prepare you for alternative careers or graduate programs if you decide not to pursue a law degree after graduation, if you decide to take a break before starting law school, or if you do not get admitted to law school.

While getting well established academically in your desired undergraduate major (earning excellent grades) and taking a rigorous course load (one that helps you build strong communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills), you should thoroughly explore law so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue admission to law school.  Some ways to explore law are by:

  1. Talking with the pre-law advisor and registering for the pre-law listserv to receive updates
  2. Research and reading about the legal profession
  3. Joining pre-law student organizations
  4. Shadowing attorneys in different areas of law
  5. Attending workshops and panels for pre-law students
  6. Talking with law school representatives and attending law school events
  7. Talking with currently enrolled law students
  8. Participating in law school summer enrichment programs

 Following are also some useful links to resources that may also be helpful in exploring the legal profession and deciding whether law school is the right career path:

  • Law School Admission Council
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • The Association for Legal Career Professionals
  • American Bar Association
  • Equal Justice Works
  • CLEO
  • Pre-Law Magazine

 

Academic Preparation

All pre-law students are encouraged to carefully assess their interest in and motivation for attending law school.  Students should pursue a broad, liberal, diverse, and challenging program of study.  Students should register for demanding courses that challenge them to read, write, and think critically.  Law schools are looking for applicants with academic excellence and the ability to perform at a high scholarly level.


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