There is a lot of competition to get into law school. But it’s important to know that law schools look at many different factors for admission, so it’s unlikely one single thing will get you in or keep you out. Your best bet is to start preparing now to become a strong candidate by taking challenging courses to build your analytical and critical reading skills.
What factors are most important for success in law school?
Do you have what it takes?
Is there someone I can contact to help me prepare my path to law school?
Select the right advisor or resource to guide you in this process.
Undergraduate institutions often assign a person to act as an advisor to current and former students who are interested in pursuing a legal education. Prelaw advisors can help you select courses, locate preparation options for the LSAT, and find the information you will need to choose the right law school. The career services office at your school can help you get in touch with a prelaw advisor.
There are prelaw clubs at many schools too. These are also good sources of information.
Talk to the prelaw advisor or career counselor at your college, or the chair of your academic department, about your interest in law school and the types of courses available to help you prepare. The courses you choose as an undergrad will provide the foundation for your legal education, so choose wisely!
What undergraduate courses can help me prepare for law school?
It’s not the specific courses but the type of courses that matter.
By challenging yourself as an undergraduate, you will be better prepared to do well on the LSAT. Consider choosing courses that involve reading and analyzing complex material and developing logical and analytical reasoning and reading comprehension skills.
Choosing a Major
Since the American Bar Association doesn’t recommend specific undergraduate majors or groups of courses to prepare for a legal education, students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you.
Will certain majors make me more competitive for law school?
There are ways to be more competitive for law school, but no one major will give you an edge.