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.