Pre Law Concentration

"Pre Law" at LHU refers to (1) supplemental advising for all students in any major interested in pursuing law school after completing the undergraduate degree and (2) the prelaw concentration in the political science major.

How do I prepare for law school?

If you are interested in attending law school, perhaps the first thing you should know is that any undergraduate major can provide solid preparation. Law schools do not require any specific undergraduate major or curriculum.

Here are two useful references on what undergraduates should do to prepare for law school:

It is notable that "the ABA does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline.... Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education." (ABA, "Preparing for Law School")

Skills and Values

The ABA's "Preparing for Law School" describes various skills, values, and knowledge that will contribute to success as a lawyer and that one should begin acquiring prior to law school, including:

  • "Analytic/Problem Solving Skills
  • "Critical Reading Skills
  • "Writing Skills
  • "Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • "General Research Skills
  • "Task Organization and Management Skills
  • "The Values of Public Service and Promotion of Justice"

General Knowledge

"Preparing for Law School" also notes several areas of general knowledge "that would maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education," including:

  • "A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society in the United States.
  • "A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system.
  • "Some basic mathematical and financial skills, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data.
  • "A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction.
  • "An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world."

At LHU, our robust General Education program combined with your selection of a major that interests and challenges you will provide important building blocks for your progression from undergraduate to law student to trained lawyer. A semester or more of Study Abroad and an internship in a legal or any professional setting also add beneficial elements to your breadth of understanding and range of applied skills.

Students graduating in several majors at LHU have been admitted to law school in recent years, including political science, history, economics, international studies, business administration, accounting, criminal justice, philosophy, biology, secondary education, and other majors.

The law school admissions process

Any student considering law school should become familiar with the web site of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The LSAC administers the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) as well as a Credentials Assembly Service used in the admissions process of all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools. The admissions process varies at every law school. Speaking in the most general terms, law school admissions committees consider LSAT scores, undergraduate grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, and written statements by the candidates in order to assess each candidate's potential for succeeding in law school and making substantial contributions to society as a lawyer.

Pre-law advising

LSAC advises each college campus to designate a pre-law advisor to help students of any major navigate the law school admissions process and provide guidance about undergraduate preparation for law school. At LHU, pre-law advising is administered in the political science program and Stan Berard is the LSAC-designated pre-law advisor. Many other faculty members--in political science and several other disciplines--provide excellent guidance to students considering law school. Pre-law advising is in addition to and a supplement for the academic advising you receive from your department or major advisor. For students in the Exploratory Studies program, selection of a major is one of the topics to discuss with both your primary advisor and the pre-law advisor.

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