Essential information for students interested in pursuing a career in law.

No particular major is best for pre-law preparation. Pre-law students must develop the capacity to think creatively. This capacity depends on skills and understanding already discussed, and also on the ability to conduct research; to reason deductively, inductively, and by analogy; and to synthesize what is learned.

Advisement

Register with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships early in your college career and are urged to seek guidance from pre-law advisers and other faculty. An early consultation is recommended to discuss your career plans, assure appropriate course selection and to keep track of your progress.

Recommended Timetable

Pick a major. Maintain a high GPA and develop your writing skills. If your major does not require that you write lengthy and intensive papers, pick some electives that do, especially in your sophomore or junior year. The single most important skill law schools look for is your writing ability.

Develop a relationship with your major adviser, and get to know your pre-law advisers.

Sign up with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships to open your pre-law file.

Explore your interest in law through Pre-Law Society activities. Become an active participant in the student Pre-Law Society. Keep in mind, you should also continue to explore other possibilities in case your career goals change.

Visit the Center for Career Development for pre-law information and postings of current part-time jobs, summer jobs, or internships related to law.

By the second semester junior year at the latest, you should have written at least one long, critical paper, either in your major or another subject. This will help you to get a recommendation from that professor.

Make sure you take an LSAT prep course.

Take the LSAT in June after your junior year. Make sure to check the “yes” box on the test application to have your scores sent to your pre-law adviser when you register for the LSAT.

Access the ABA–LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.

If you have not already done so, you must take the LSAT no later than October of your senior year. It is important to check the “yes” box on the test application to send your scores to your pre-law adviser when you register for the LSAT.

In the fall, attend the law school forum in New York City sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council.

Even before receiving your LSAT score you should begin to work on your personal statement. After you have received your LSAT score and determined which schools interest you, make an appointment with a pre-law adviser to plan your personal application strategy. Early applications to law school are generally advised.

Take advantage of the convenient resume software, counseling, and interview workshops at the Center for Career Development.

Robert Schwartz

Director Pre-professional Advising and Fellowships
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