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Preparation for Law School

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), there are no specific academic majors or concentrations for law school admission. However, if you are interested in patent law, you should have a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) background. All law school aspirants are encouraged to pursue a course of study that interests and challenges them while refining their logic, critical thinking, analytical, research, and writing skills that will allow them excel in law school.

As a law school aspirant, you should select a major that holds strong interest for you and challenges you to reach your fullest intellectual potential. Having two or more majors may not help you grow your full scholarly abilities and may not make a big difference for law school admission. Also, consider taking a variety of difficult courses from demanding instructors as this is an outstanding training for a legal education.

Seek courses that offer reading and critical analysis of complex material of significant length in areas such as philosophy, political or economic theory, literature, or history because law students and lawyers spend much of their time reading and comprehending judicial opinions, statues, documents, and other written materials. As language is the most significant tool of a lawyer, consider taking writing, editing, and English courses that will help you to hone your written communication. Lawyers express themselves clearly and concisely. Also, you should take the opportunity to undertake a project that requires extensive library research and the analysis of substantive amounts of information from that research.

Overall, have some background knowledge. Acquire a general understanding of History, have a comprehensive understanding of political thought, gain some knowledge of mathematical and financial skills, and get a basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction as well as of diverse cultures inside and outside the United States.

Do have a solid GPA. Most law schools look comprehensively at your undergraduate grades and course selection and regard demanding undergraduate courses more advantageously. Be aware that admissions committees consider your undergraduate grade-point average (UGPA) and LSAT score essential for admission decisions as they are the most indicative for success in law school.

For more information or questions, contact your prelaw advisor.