Pre-Law (Law School)

At the UW, “pre-law” is not a major, minor or series of courses. Law school requires no prerequisite courses nor do law schools prefer any particular majors. Pre-law refers to anyone who is considering going to law school after they complete their undergraduate degree.

Law school bound or considering a legal career?  Below are suggestions for how to explore this big decision, get clear on your motivations and prepare for what’s next.

Exploring the Legal Profession (academic + professional prep)

  • Study (majors, minors,) what interests you.
  • No matter what you major in, take courses that involve a lot of reading, writing and research.
  • Attend a pre-law club meeting.
  • Join a pre-law fraternity.
  • Attend an actual law school class.
  • Get legal experience (jobs, internships).  Talk with attorneys and other legal professionals about their work/paths.
  • Pay attention to your grading options.
  • Assess your values.
  • Reflect.

Law School (admissions + application prep)

  • Plan for letters of recommendation.
  • Research law schools.
  • Apply to law school one year before you go.
  • Sign up for the LSAT at LSAC.org early.
  • Study for the LSAT as if you’re taking a 15-credit class load.
  • At this point, are you unsure about law school?  Dig into these questions to help gain clarity.

How to Apply

  • Careful reading (of law school applications) is important.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Services (CAS) 2 months before you’re ready to apply.
  • Pick professors and/or supervisors you want to ask for a letter of recommendation.
  • Write a memorable personal statement and additional addenda if needed.
  • Finalize your list of law schools after you’ve received your LSAT score.
  • Apply to law schools by the end of November, if possible.
  • Apply for financial aid in January.
  • Before you accept, visit your top choices in person.