To apply to law school you must have (or be in your final year of completing) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. No particular major or pre-law curriculum is required. When selecting an area of study you should select coursework that you find interesting and challenging. You should also take courses that will help you to develop critical reasoning skills and that will enhance your written and oral expression as these skills are essential for success in the rigorous academic environment of law school.
You should begin the application process in the academic year prior to when you want to enroll; however you should begin preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) even earlier. The LSAT is a standardized test offered by the Law School Admissions Council six (6) times per year in June, July, September, November, January, and March.You will also need to subscribe to the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which compiles a report including LSAT scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation, which you will have sent to all the law schools to which you apply. For more information on the LSAT or CAS please visit www.lsac.org.
LSAC provides a wealth of information for prospective students regarding the application process and preparing for the LSAT so lsac.org is a great place to begin your research. On their site you will also find information about recruiting events featuring a wide range of law schools. LSAC Forums are held all over the country and provide an opportunity to meet with law school representatives and attend informal panels on topics of interest to pre-law students. DiscoverLaw.org is another LSAC resource that seeks to promote diversity in the legal profession and provides information on the practice of law. DiscoverLaw is especially helpful for high school and early college students because its focus is on helping pre-law students examine law as a career path and plan their education direction.
Colleges and universities will have a designated pre-law advisor who can assist you with the law school admissions process. Once you have created an LSAC Candidate Account, the name and contact information of the pre-law advisor at your degree-granting institution will be included in your profile. You may also want to contact the academic advising office at your college or talk to your major department advisor for additional guidance. You should also plan to attend an information session, open house or other law school recruiting event.
UHLC Summer Pipeline Program
The University of Houston Law Center offers a Pre-Law Pipeline Program, designed to attract and encourage undergraduate students from low income, first generation, and underrepresented backgrounds to pursue legal careers. The eight-week residential summer program helps undergraduate students prepare to meet the demands of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) exam, the law school application process and, ultimately, their law school careers. For more information contact Kristen Guiseppi, Pipeline Programs Director at email@example.com or 713-743-6215, or to apply, please visit http://www.law.uh.edu/pipeline/.
3+3 Undergraduate/Law Dual Degree Program
The UH Law Center, in conjunction with the University of Houston Honors College and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, launched a 3+3 Program. The program allows students to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in just 6 years. Selected students will be able to begin law school after only three years of undergraduate work, with the first year of law school counting toward the completion of the undergraduate degree. Upon completion of the first year of law school, students will earn a degree in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Phronêsis the study of law, ethics and politics, and a second minor of the student’s choice.
The program will be kept small and will include mentoring, support, co-curricular programing such as guest speakers, access to the Law School faculty and programs, and LSAT prep. For more information visit http://www.uh.edu/honors/Programs-Minors/curricular-programs/3law-program/.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Jackson Walker LLP to launch a Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship for underrepresented college students and graduates seeking a legal career.
Scholarship recipients will receive:
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:
Applications will be accepted until March 22, 2022.
With the creation of the Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship, PracticePro and Jackson Walker aim to cultivate the diverse legal talent pipeline as early as possible by assisting underrepresented college students and graduates get into law school and understand the fundamentals of navigating a legal career.
“The future of our legal profession depends entirely on how well we prepare students and guide them in their pursuit of a legal career,” said Jackson Walker partner Suzan Kedron, who chairs the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We are excited for the opportunity to help launch this Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship, which will support students from underrepresented communities in their efforts to get into the best law schools and receive the necessary tools to become successful lawyers.”
Jonathan Neerman, incoming chair of Jackson Walker’s hiring committee and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, added, “At Jackson Walker, we hire and train lawyers who are dedicated, who bring a strong work ethic, and who come from different backgrounds and have unique experiences that reflect the clients and communities we serve. Many of our associates come from the pipeline programs we support, all of which do an incredible job of helping prepare diverse students for a career in law.”
Read the full press release here.
To learn more about the scholarship including application requirements, please visit the PracticePro website.
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