About Pre-Law Advising

 

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Pre-Law Advising hosted a roundtable discussion for LSATtakers during the Fall 2017 semester.

Undergraduate study in the liberal arts is an ideal preparation for law school. Law schools require a student to have earned a bachelor’s degree at the time of law school matriculation, but there is no required, or even preferred, major for law school. Likewise, there are no required courses for admission to law school.

The law touches every area of life and society. Students come to law school from every conceivable field of work and undergraduate and post-graduate study. The practice and study of law does, however, require certain skills—including the ability to think and read critically, analyze situations, communicate effectively orally and in writing, perform research, listen effectively, and manage time.

Students interested in law school are encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of courses and areas of study available through the College and University. Students should choose a major that interests them and will keep them engaged. Doing so will lead to higher grades, which will in turn increase their chances of getting into the law school of their choice.

Pre-Law Advisors are available for individual appointments in the Columbian College Pre-Professional Studies Office in Phillips Hall.  Students requesting a  meeting for the first time should attend a Pre-Law Info Session (Freshmen and Sophomores) or an Applying to Law School Workshop (Juniors and Seniors) . Seniors and alumni who are actively applying to law school can make an appointment online or call (202) 994-6210. In addition, students interested in law school should visit the Law School Admission Council’s website as well as individual law school websites.

 


 


 

Pre-law Frequently Asked Questions

There is no pre-law major at GW. The Sociology department does offer a “Law and Politics” Minor, but students are encouraged to select a major that interests you and one in which you could envision establishing a career should your plans to attend law school change. When a student says they are “pre-law,” they are declaring an intention to attend law school. It is helpful to let your academic advisor know you are considering applying to law school. Law schools do not require prerequisites to apply to law school, but there are courses that may help with the logical and reasoning section of the LSAT and  develop skills necessary for law school and the legal profession.

Law Schools are looking for courses that develop your analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading and research abilities, and effective written and oral communication, as well as organization and time management skills

Yes, but you must complete your baccalaureate degree requirements, prior to the beginning of law classes. For example, if you will be a senior in the Fall of 2018 intending to enter law school in August of 2019, you should finish your undergraduate degree requirements prior to this date.
 

The two main components the admission committee review is the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score. In addition, letters of recommendation (academic), the personal statement, leadership and extra-curricular activities such as community service are considered. Thus, it's important to maintain a strong academic record and establish professional relationships with your professors and instructors early in your undergraduate studies.
 

The pre-law advisor meets with students and alumni to discuss preparation plans for applying to law school. Juniors should plan to meet with the pre-law advisor in the spring(must have attended a pre-law information session), and then again in the senior year as needed.

Students who have not yet attended an information session with the exception of seniors and alumni must do so to be eligible to schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor. Information sessions are offered each fall and spring semester.

Students should also join the pre-law listserv to receive e-mail communications from the office.