How to Prepare for Law School
Choice of Academic Major: The American Bar Association
“…does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics or business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.” (http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.html)
Accordingly, there is no pre-law program or recommended major for students interested in law school. Students who hope to attend law school can choose to major in a wide array of programs, as suggested above. Although there is no pre-law program or recommended major, MSU does offer pre-law advising for students in any major to help them to make successful applications to law school.
Law School Advising: The academic advisors from your major and minor may be able to help you to prepare for law school, but Professors Kelly Collinsworth and Dianna Murphy are the attorney-instructors who serve as MSU’s official Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) advisors on campus. If you add the ‘pre.law’ code to your academic program, this will enable you to receive information related to law school preparation, the admissions process, notifications concerning campus visits from law schools, opportunities for LSAT preparation, etc. To add the ‘pre.law’ code to your academic program, just ask your academic advisor or email Rhonda Crisp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSU’s official LSAC advisors can help you to answer the following questions:
• Where should I apply? Does it matter where I go to law school? Do rankings really matter?
• How do I know which law schools might accept me?
• What does it mean if I am wait-listed?
• Is financial aid available? If so, how can I get it?
• What is reasonable tuition? Are loans available? If so, how much should I borrow?
• Can I work during law school?
• Which area of law should I study?
• What are the job prospects in various areas of law?
• How do I prepare for the LSAT? When should I take it?
• How do I apply for law school? When should I apply?
• Should I include an addendum to my application that describes special conditions?
• How do I write a personal statement? Who should help me to review it?
• Who should write me a letter of recommendation for law school? How many do I need?
• Does my GPA matter? How does the LSAC rank students?
• Do extracurricular activities matter?
• How do I use the LSAC website?
For more information concerning pre-law advising, please click here.
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