The U of M offers many opportunities that will help you gain insight into whether law school is right for you. Many of these activities will also help make you an appealing law school candidate. The list below provides some suggestions for activities (on and off campus). This list is not comprehensive, but it is a good start:
- Join the U of M Pre-Law Society or University Student Legal Service Board of Directors. Also check out other student groups that interest you.
- Participate in a mock trial through the U of M's Mock Trial Association.
- Get a mentor who's a lawyer. There are a variety of mentoring opportunities available through University Student Legal Service. Additional opportunities are available through the U of M Alumni Association.
- Volunteer somewhere.
- Get an internship (law-related or not). Find listing for internships, jobs, and volunteer positions on GoldPASS.
- Visit law schools and sit in on law classes. (Admissions offices can help you set this up).
- Conduct an informational interview with a current law student or lawyer. Connect with people via LinkedIn, or look at Martindale.com for lawyer listings.
The skills you'll need for law school can be attained through most majors, particularly majors in the liberal arts. You'll increase your chances of being admitted to law school if you choose a major you like and that you do well in.
The University of Minnesota offers classes that may help you become an appealing law school candidate. Check out our list of Suggested Pre-Law Classes.
The American Bar Association's Pre-Law Committee identifies the following skills as essential for law school:
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Critical reading skills
- Writing skills
- Oral communication and listening abilities
- General research skills
- Task organization and management skills
- Value serving others and promoting justice
CLA Career Services is the pre-law advising office for all students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Here are a few resources to help you figure out if law school is for you:
For further assistance, you can schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor at 612-624-7577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Another great way to learn more is to register for the 2-credit Law School Exploration class.