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The Institute for Law & Public Affairs

Pre-Law Advising at UTSA

UTSA's pre-law advisors are housed within the Institute for Law & Public Affairs, and are available to all UTSA students thinking about law school, regardless of their major and at every stage of their undergraduate education. Pre-law advising can help you to:

  • determine if law school is right for you;
  • identify law schools to apply to based on your credentials, interests, and goals;
  • develop a preparation plan for the Law School Admissions Test;
  • recognize qualities that you possess and should highlight in your applications;
  • polish your résumé and personal statement so that you can shine.

 

Pre-law advising does not replace the role of your college academic advisor, but we can help you to identify courses within your degree plan that will help you to develop the logical and critical reasoning skills and writing skills necessary for success in law school.

Pre-law advising is available on a walk-in basis, but students are encouraged to call and schedule an appointment. Appointments are strongly encouraged for personal statement and résumé review, to allow your materials to be reviewed in advance of the appointment. To schedule an appointment with an advisor please call 210.458.2990.

The ILPA also offers a pre-law library with LSAT study aids, law school guides, and many of the books included on law school pre-1L recommended reading lists. UTSA students can use these materials in the ILPA office, or may check them out with their UTSA student ID.

Guidelines for Personal Statement Review

UTSA students and alumni are strongly encouraged to have their law school personal statements reviewed by a pre-law advisor before submitting their applications to law schools. Personal statement review is a collaborative process, so students should plan to submit their personal statements a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks before they plan to submit their applications, to allow ample time for review and revisions. Personal statements submitted for review should be final drafts; essays with excessive grammar, spelling, and punctuations errors will be returned and not reviewed until those errors are corrected. Students needing assistance with the editing process are encourage to utilize the Writing Center (https://utsa.edu/twc/).

Resources for Pre-law Students