Recommended Preparation for Students Interested in Pre-Law
In the United States, students apply for law school admission after they have received a four-year bachelor’s degree (either a B.A. or B.S.) in a major of their choice. Following varied paths to prepare themselves for law school, successful students come from all walks of life with diverse experiences and different courses of study. They attend law school for 3-4 years and, when they complete their studies, most earn a juris doctor (JD) degree and then take a written bar exam in the state(s) or region(s) in which they wish to practice law.
Some common undergraduate degrees of students currently in law schools are political science, history, English, philosophy, psychology, criminal justice and business. Many IU South Bend students also take a certificate or minor in paralegal studies, which further prepares them for law school and the legal profession. These and many other majors and minors help develop students’ analytical and communication skills, including critical thinking, reasoning, writing and oral communication—all important skills for success in law school.
To be admitted to law school, students must have a strong undergraduate cumulative grade point average and an acceptable score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The very best schools will only accept the top students.
For prelaw advising students are invited to contact any member of the Department of Political Science. Students may also obtain additional information about law schools from the Pre-Law Handbook published by Bobbs-Merrill and prepared by the Association of American Law Schools and the Law School Admission Test Council.