The Pre-Law Advising Program

Chapter 2
THE Pre-Law ADVISING PROGRAM

You are a pre-law student if you intend to go on to law school after you receive an undergraduate degree. The Pre-Law Advising Program is provided to help students of all academic majors explore the possibility of attending law school, move through the application process, and prepare for law school and the legal profession. The program provides assistance and support in several ways:

Pre-Law Listserv

  • The Pre-Law listserv is the primary means of communication between the Pre-Law advisor and the pre-law student community. Notices of events on and off campus, application tips and calendars, and information on academic programs of interest to Pre-Law students are among the information disseminated on the listserv. To subscribe, go to listserv.uga.edu and type in prelaw-l.

Pre-Law Orientations

  • Pre-Law Orientations are held three times in the fall and spring semesters, and provide information concerning the legal profession, possible Pre-Law majors and courses, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Law School Credential Assembly Service (LSCAS), Letters of Recommendation, applying to law school, and membership in Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law fraternity and the Undergraduate Mock Trial Program. Dates and locations are on the Events page of the Pre-Law website.

Pre-Law Workshops

  • Group workshops will be held on topics of particular interest for both under and upperclassmen Pre-Law students, including law school selection, financial aid, and personal statement composition. Notice of time and location will be provided on the Pre-Law listserv.

Individual Advising Appointments

  • Individual Advising Appointments may be made with the Pre-Law advisor throughout the year. The Pre-Law advisor is Cathy Clutter, J.D. and her office is located in 111 Memorial Hall. The advisor is available to explain further any printed information, as well as to facilitate and assist you throughout the process of applying to law school. Appointments may be made online through the SARA system for Franklin College students, and others may schedule an appointment by calling the Pre-Law Advising Office main number at (706)542-5836.

Personal Statement / Application Essay Critiques

  • The Pre-Law advisor will provide guidance, review, and feedback on application essays and personal statements. Students may submit personal statements by email to the Pre-Law Advisor for her review. She will return her comments to you via email, and will let you know if an appointment is neccessary to discuss your statement. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for the critique, especially during the middle of the application cycle Early submission of personal statements is advised.

Resource Library

  • Resources are available to you such as general materials concerning law school, the Official ABA-Approved Law School Guide, and catalogues from various law schools. Many items are available for you to pick up in the Pre-Law Advising office, Room 111 in Memorial Hall. The Pre-Law advisor keeps other materials such as the most current Reference Books on the law schools and the current year's catalogues in her office for your use.

Law School Fair / On campus law school visits

  • A Law School Fair is held on campus in the fall. In addition, admissions representatives from various law schools visit the UGA campus to speak to pre-law students. Dates and locations will be posted on the Pre-Law listserv and the web site.

Dean's Letter of Certification

  • A Dean's Letter of Certification is required by some law schools before admission is granted. Georgia law schools do not require a certification letter. Hand-deliver or mail the completed and signed Dean’s Certification Authorization & Routing Slip, along with the Dean's Certification portion of your application (if applicable), to the Office of the Registrar in 105 Holmes/Hunter Academic Building, Athens, GA 30602. The form can also be submitted via fax to (706) 583-8162.  Click here for more information on processing Dean's Letters.

Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law Fraternity

  • A chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, the international Pre-Law fraternity, is active on campus. The Pre-Law advisor is their faculty advisor, and can provide information on the fraternity and its scheduled meetings.

UGA Undergraduate Mock Trial Program

  • The UGA Undergraduate Mocktrial Program is a student organization formed to field a UGA mock trial team for intercollegiate competition and to develop student trial advocacy skills.

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