Is prelaw a major? Are there required courses for law school?
There is no pre-law major at UGA. When a student says they are “prelaw,” 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 pre-requsites 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.
Do law schools require a particular undergraduate major for admittance?
No. However, you should select a major that interests you and one in which you could envision establishing a career should your plans to attend law school change.
While majors in Political Science, History, and Business are common for pre-law students, we have seen majors from nearly every discipline including, but not limited to: Science, Math, Agriculture, Music, and Art.
While there is no major requirement for law school, what skills and abilities do law schools desire?
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.
Can I apply for admission to law school while my bachelor's degree is "in progress"?
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 2016 intending to enter law school in August of 2017, you should finish your undergraduate degree requirements prior to this date.
What criteria do law schools use to evaluate an applicant for admission?
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.
What types of questions are on the LSAT?
The LSAT is comprised of five 35 minutle multiple-choice sections. There is also one variable section which is unscored that is used to evaluate new test questions. There is also a 35 minute Writing Sample which is not scored, but is sent to the law schools that an applicant submits an application to.
The questions types are:
- Reading Comprehension
- Analytical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
For further information about the LSAT, please vist the Law School Admission Council website at http://lsac.org.
I am preparing to apply to law school; what steps should I take next?
The prelaw advisor meets with both seniors and juniors to discuss preparation plans for applying to law school. Juniors should plan to meet with the prelaw advisor in the fall (must have attended a pre-law orientation), and then again in the senior year as needed. Click here to review the application timelines for juniors and seniors and find out the pros and cons of each LSAT test administration date.
Students who have not yet attended an orientation with the exception of seniors and alumni must do so to be eligible to schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor. Orientation sessions are offered each fall and spring semester.