Start Strong and Stay Strong
You have only SIX semesters in which to build your GPA and become a competitive candidate for admission to law school.
What Major/Courses Do I Choose?
From the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) publication, So You Want to Be a Lawyer, you’ll find the following information, “There is no prelaw curriculum of required courses. The range of acceptable majors is broad. Almost any course of study that engenders mental discipline and intellectual curiosity can lay the foundation for a successful legal education and professional career. Fill your undergraduate curriculum with broad, diverse, and challenging courses. A prelaw curriculum that is designed to encompass a broad array of liberal arts courses, however, can be an excellent preparation for law school”.
Study What You Love/Develop Skills:
Economics: familiarity with the way money moves through society
Political Science: structure of governing systems and how they work
English/journalism: writing/communications skills
Philosophy: rigorous/logical thinking
Math/science: analytical/problem solving skills
CS/engineering: ability to analyze diverse & complex information
Public Speaking: oral communications skills
Education: breadth of study topics
Psychology/sociology: understanding individuals & the human condition
Law schools will evaluate the rigor and depth of the courses you selected. Among skills, you must master those of a lawyer: the ability to write clearly, reason logically, and analyze creatively.
- Read about the profession/ what can you do with a law degree?
- Talk with practicing lawyers/gain insight/what is a typical day?
- Think about your skills and personality/would law be a good fit for you?
- Make an appointment with the Pre-law Advisor Janet Hopkins
- Although not required, you may consider an internship/part time job in a law firm