Preparing for a career in the law? Get advice on law school from experts at St. Edward's University.
Pre-Law Advising is designed to help students determine if law school or a career in the legal field is an appropriate path to pursue, and assist those interested in law with the law school application process, as well as securing law-related internships and employment.
Register for the Pre-Law Advising Program
Contact Career and Professional Development if you have questions regarding pre-law resources, events, and additional information.
How Do I Apply?
Freshman and Sophomore Years: Maintain GPA while taking courses that are writing- and research-intensive. Meet with a Career and Professional Development Center staff member to learn about a career in law, including pre-law internship opportunities. Considering joining law-related organizations, such as Phi Alpha Delta.
Junior Year: Prepare for taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Plan to take the LSAT in the spring of or summer after junior year.
Senior Year: Register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) as preparation for submitting law school applications. Deadlines vary by school, but law school applications will be submitted roughly 8-10 months prior to enrollment.
Common law school application materials:
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Official Academic Transcript
Pre-law Courses for Fall
Navigating the Law School Application Process, Fall,1.000 Credit Hour
- This course is designed for St. Edward’s University seniors who are currently in the process of applying to law school as well as any student interested in developing a deeper understanding of the law school application process. Students who are currently in the process of applying to law school will receive assistance with producing a strong applicant profile and creating personalized action plans regarding their law school applications.
LSAT Preparation, Fall, 1.000 Credit Hour
- Learn with the structure and support of in-person classroom sessions led by a qualified LSAT instructor as you prepare to sit for the exam. You’ll attend ten 4-hour sessions consisting of core sessions and proctored practice LSAT's. The course will cover everything you need to know for Test Day—from Logic Games to Reading Comprehension. This course includes a LSAT Fee of $899.
Contact Alex Smith at asmith22 [at] stedwards.edu for more information.
Pre-Law Advising Orientation Sessions
Young Attorneys Panels
St. Mary's University School of Law Tour
Baylor Law Tour
UT Liberal Arts Career Fair
UT Law Fair
Graduate and Professional School Fair
Law School Admission Counselor Panel
SMU Dedman School of Law Info Session
Concordia School of Law Info Table
Villanova University School of Law Info Session
Richmond Law Info Session
St. John's University School of Law Info Session
Texas Law Tour
Barry University School of Law Info Session
Ave Maria School of Law Info Table
UT Legislative & Government Affairs Internship Fair
Supreme Court of Texas Site Visit
Oklahoma City University School of Law Info Table
Texas A&M University School of Law
Recommendations to Students Considering Law School
- Take a variety of law-adjacent classes, such as ethics, political theory, macroeconomics, accounting, logic, statistics, constitutional law, legal studies, and rhetoric. Contact your academic advisor when preparing your schedule to accommodate classes of interest. Regardless of your major, these classes will help in preparing you for law school coursework. Further, any class that is reading-, writing-, and/or research-intensive will help prepare you for law school, particular your first year.
- Talk to law students and practicing lawyers about opportunities and challenges in their respective graduate programs and careers. See the “Pre-law Events” section of this page for a list of upcoming opportunities to meet with law students and law school graduates.
- Secure a law-related internship. While the day-to-day work might not be directly connected to the practice of law, this type of internship can provide valuable exposure to working in a legal environment and networking opportunities with legal professionals. A great place to begin the search for an internship is the Hilltop Careerspage.
- Calculate your likely expenses incurred and return on investment before attending law school. Explore available scholarships/fellowships to help offset the cost of your chosen program.
- Research law schools in the region where you might want to work after law school. It is often easier to find employment in the region where you went to law school, in part due to professional networking and on-campus recruiting. Attend St. Edward's Graduate and Professional School Fair each Fall. In 2016, visiting law schools included University of Texas at Austin, SMU, Baylor, St. Mary's University, Texas Tech, and the University of Houston, among others.
- Join the St. Edward's chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a student organization dedicated to those interested in attending law school and pursing a career in the legal profession. See the "Phi Alpha Delta" section of this page for more information.
- For more information, contact the Career and Professional Development office (512.448.8530; seu.careerplan [at] stedwards.edu) to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
- Law School Admission Council (LSAC) | Law school selection and LSAT resources
- American Bar Association | Pre-law information from the ABA
- Pre-law Handbook | Information on St. Edward's University's Pre-law Advising Program
- Pre-Law FAQ's | All your pre-law questions answered here
- Resume Writing | Get your resume ready
- Phi Alpha Delta is an international legal fraternity that seeks to unite lawyers, law students, and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The St. Edward's chapter is a student organization that consists of current St. Edward's students brought together by their interest in law. Further, it seeks to bring its members into contact with legal professionals as well as educate its members about the law school admissions process in a relationship of mutual respect and friendship.