Preparing for a career in the law? Get advice on law school from experts at St. Edward's University.
Contact aramir21 [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Pre-Law) (Adrian D. Ramirez), Associate Director, Career and Professional Development.
Top recommendations from lawyers to students considering law school:
- Do the math on expenses incurred, and likely return on investment (ROI) before going to law school to make sure the benefits are worth the costs. And go to law school only if you intend to practice law.
- Take Dr. Loewe’s survey Should I Go to Law School?
- Talk to several practicing lawyers about the opportunities and challenges in their legal careers before you commit to pursuing law school.
- Take a wide variety of law-related classes, such as ethics, political theory, macroeconomics, accounting, logic, statistics, constitutional law or legal studies, and rhetoric or public speaking. Regardless of your actual major—and the American Bar Association doesn't suggest you have to major in political science to go to law school—these classes will help.
- Speak up in class, since law school performance and grades are based quite a bit on class participation.
- Research law schools in the city where you want to practice. If you go to a top 20 law school and graduate in the top 10% of your class, you can pretty much move anywhere to practice law. But if that doesn't happen, it is often much easier to practice law in the city where you went to law school, in part due to professional networking.
- Get an internship in a law office to get a feel for the job and to see if you like the work.
- Law schools require you to send an official college transcript and your scores on the Law School Admission Test or LSAT. The LSAT tests written and reasoning skills, and students often take it in their junior year. Before you take the LSAT, visit with Adrian D. Ramirez in Moody Hall 134 to talk about legal careers. If you later still want to go to law school, you can get practice LSAT exams in Moody Hall 134, too. If you take the LSAT and know your curent GPA, you can again visit with Adrian to learn about the law schools that would be right for you. Then you can visit Moody 134 to write a personal statement for your application, etc.
- For more information, see the University of Massachusetts Pre-Law pages to learn about how the law school process works and to find out if practicing law is a career for you.
St. Edward’s University’s Pre-Law Advisory Council’s Mission: To coordinate pre-law advising and provide a campus clearinghouse for accurate and useful advice about legal careers for St. Edward’s University students and alumni.