This site is primarily for students beginning to think about law school (perspective students/parents and those considering a change of major). Once on campus you should contact the Pre-law Advisor by emailing: email@example.com and ask to be enrolled in the D2L site for Pre-Law. This site is your link to the world of law. Click below or scroll down to view the Q&A's.
Q: How are the job prospects for lawyers?
A: Nothing is easily answered about law. The jobs have been on a decline for entry-level attorneys. Law school is a very expensive investment and should not be taken lightly when considering options. One can find themselves with $100,000.00 in debt and no job prospects. However, you will often make connections you need to find a position while in your school through internships and summer opportunities. If you are pro-active, hard working and willing to move, it is quite likely that you will be employed. Likewise, Law schools do not like to show statistics with unemployed graduates anymore than graduates want to be unemployed. Always do your homework and look at the outlook and prospects of types of law prior to making that determination.
Q: What should I major in?
A: Law schools will accept any qualified student from any undergraduate major. The best answer to what to major in is: make your undergraduate major your PLAN A. Since there is no way of knowing what will happen between now and then, if you do not go to law school, for any number of reasons, you want a major in something you enjoy and will do well in.
There are very few types of law that require a specific major, if you are considering a specific type of law: Oil & Gas, Environmental, or Patent Law, you should talk with the pre-law advisor about major options. In fact, if you have a passion for any specific law you may consider something in that general area, but you do not have to major in specific majors for most types of law. Plan A is your undergraduate degree. What if you don’t go to law school?
Q: Which courses are best to prepare for law school?
A: There are two courses which students tell us have helped them do better on the LSAT exam: Phil 1113 (Logic) and Phil 1103 (critical reasoning). However, these are not required. The courses that will help you with law school are so numerous and varied that the main focus will be to build upon your weaknesses. Public speaking? Writing? Analysis of Data? Depending on your major you may build skills in one area over another, taking electives that round out your major is optimal. In general, science and math majors build the critical reasoning skills and may need more speaking and writing courses. Major will determine what courses are needed.
Q: What should my GPA and LSAT score be to qualify for law school?
A: Admission to law school is competitive, so part of the process will depend on the numbers applying. If there are 100 openings and 500 applicants, the competition is stiff. Many schools are reducing the numbers of admits; however applications fluctuate and have been down in the past few years.
As a rough average some of the nationally famous schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc., will select most of their students from those who have made 164 or over on the LSAT and have a 3.7 GPA or better. Over 50% of your admittance is based on the LSAT score (some schools as high as 70%). The average LSAT score is around 150. There are many schools that will accept students with less than a 3.0 GPA and an LSAT below 150. So if your passion is for the law, you can likely get in somewhere! You get out of an education what you put into it, right?
Q: What is the number one thing I should do to be a good applicant (beyond GPA and LSAT score)?
A: Stand out! You do not want to be the cookie cutter. What makes you stand out? Some, but not all, of these items might include: A study abroad experience, leadership in a club or organization, military service, earning a significant award for exceptional performance, experience working in law, or something else that is very unique and sets you apart.
Q: What is the average age of law school applicants?
A: 26 years old. Many students will work or serve in the military before they enter the field of law. The nice thing about law school is that there is no preference for direct from college, life experience is often helpful toward admittance and you can always re-apply.
- Plan your undergraduate degree for something that fits who you are for a successful GPA.
- Take some courses that fill in your weak areas
- Do something to stand out, what makes you special?
- Aim for the very best grades you can make
- See the pre-law advisor by your second semester sophomore year (if you are changing majors, as soon as you decide).
- There really is no great hurry in fact working prior to entering law school is very common.