What’s Happening with Pre-Law?
by Donna Sharpe
It's law school application season again! LSATs, personal statements and letters of recommendations are in the forefront for law school applicants. If you’re a prospective transfer student who is considering law school sometime in the future, you should be aware of UW services for pre-law students.
In addition to general advising for pre-majors and undecided students, the UAA Advising office provides advising for students heading towards careers in professional health sciences and law. The pre-law website is a good source of information about the basics and helpful to students at all levels of preparation, even those who have not yet transferred. Once you transfer to the UW, you can take advantage of a number of resources including the student pre-law clubs, Phi Alpha Delta and Pre-Law Society, individual pre-law advising, and classes that the UW law school offers for undergraduate students. The Law Fair is held every year in mid-November and provides an opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from over 50 law schools across the country. Our job in pre-law advising is to help students decide if law school is the best option for them as well as assist those who do want to pursue law school to find the school that is the best fit for them. We don’t work for the UW Law School and we don’t promote one law school over another. We do help students prepare by recommending appropriate course work to develop the skills essential to success in law school, and we help with the application documents by providing a sounding board for ideas and feedback.
You can start your preparation for law school before you transfer to the UW. Take classes that emphasize critical thinking, research, writing and communication. Get involved with your community through volunteer and community service activities. Research law careers through library and internet resources and talk to practicing attorneys. Research is a cornerstone of a law career. If you don’t like doing research and extensive reading, you won’t like law! Remember that any major works for law school and there are no specific prerequisite courses. Major in the subject that interests you the most and round out your education with experiential learning such as undergraduate research, internships, leadership positions in student clubs, etc. For more information on law school admission, visit the website of the Law School Application Council.
Be sure to check in with the pre-law advising team soon after transfer! The law school application process is a long one and you need to get a start on it in your junior year if you’re planning to apply immediately after earning your undergraduate degree.