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.
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.