|Basic Tips on Preparing For Law School
Where Do I Begin?
Students will find that many pre-law advisors
and law school admissions officers suggest that preparation for
law school should include extensive self-assessment.
Students Should Explore the Following Questions:
- What do I know about the legal profession?
- What is it about law school/law that I find interesting?
- What kind of career/future do I envision?
- How will a law degree help me create the future
To explore how well the realities of the legal profession
match the perceptions captured in the above four self-assessment
questions, students are advised to consult the National
Association for Law Placement's most recent reports on career
placement and employment trends.
What Classes Should I Take and What Should I Choose as My
The ABA and the
Law School Admission Council decline
to endorse any particular major or set of classes as the best preparation
for pre-law students. Students are advised to take intellectually
demanding courses that enhance critical thinking, textual analysis,
research, listening, writing, speaking, and analytical skills. Pre-law
students may choose any major, but should know that the chosen major
should truly push the student to develop her/his academic skills
as fully as possible.
Pre-law students should be familiar with the ABA Section
of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Pre-Law Committee,
for Legal Education" Report. This publication encourages
pre-law students to choose courses designed to teach the above-noted
skills, as well as courses teaching content in the following general
- Political Theory
- Ethical theory
- Human Behavior
- Comparative Analysis of Cultures and Institutions
How Early in My Undergraduate Career Should I
Begin Pre-Law Preparation?
You should start gathering information on pre-law
preparation as soon as you begin considering the possibility of
a legal career. Whether you are a freshman, a UNM graduate, or someone
in between, the Law School Admision Council's "Getting
Started" page provides useful tips and a checklist for
those beginning to think about pre-law options. In addition to reading
suggested materials online, you should consider emailing your pre-law
advisor and, perhaps, making an appointment to discuss your particular
questions and interests.