Thinking about law school?

Questions to Ask Yourself

• Why do I find law school interesting or compelling?
• What do I value most? How would pursuing a law degree support these values?
• Am I applying to law school because I want to make a certain salary?
• Am I interested in practicing law or am I interested in another career area for which having a J.D. may be an asset?
• Am I willing to invest the time, energy and money associated with going to law school?

Recommendations for your Pre-Law Journey

• There is no prerequisite coursework or required major for law school, so choose a major that excites and engages you.
• Build relationships with your professors by attending office hours and seeking opportunities to demonstrate your interest in coursework.
• Participate in one or two extracurricular activities where you can gain leadership and/or service experience.
• Conduct informational interviews with attorneys across practice areas to learn more about each practice area and the rewards and challenges of their careers.
• Work to improve skills needed for law school:
Problem Solving, Critical Reading, Writing and Editing, Oral Communication and Listening,
Research, Organization and Management, Relationship-Building and Collaboration


• American Bar Association Pre-Law Information
• National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Pre-Law Portal
Explore what lawyers do and starting salaries of law school graduates
• Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Law School 101

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