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Pre-Law Advising

How Can I Become an Attractive Applicant?

 

 

If I want to attend law school, what should I major in and what classes should I take?

What do law schools look for in an applicant?

Will a double major increase my chances of getting admitted to law school?

How can I predict which law schools are likely to accept me?

 

If I want to attend law school, what should I major in and what classes should I take?

The only requirement for admission to law school is a bachelor's degree. Pre-law majors/programs are like unicorns; they do not exist, either here at UWGB or elsewhere. Moreover, there is no preferred major or program that will enhance your chances of being admitted to law school. Law schools do not require students to major in certain subjects or take certain courses. Rather, law schools seek intellectually curious students with superb critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. As such, take courses that will enable you to hone these skills. The American Bar Association (ABA) offers an excellent primer on preparing for law school at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.html.

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What do law schools look for in an applicant?

The two main factors a law school considers when making its admission decision is an applicant's grade point average and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Other considerations that carry less weight include the applicant's personal statement, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, professional experiences, and internships.

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Will a double major increase my chances of getting admitted to law school?

Nope.

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How can I predict which law schools are likely to accept me?

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has a predictor tool and guide to law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Boston College Online Law School Locator has a matrix by median GPA and median Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score as reported by law schools (see the Links section for links to both resources).

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FAQs: Deciding to Apply

FAQs: Applying to Law School