There are many ways to explore opportunities that will support you in excelling as a pre-law student at the University of Minnesota. Here are a few ways to get started no matter where you are in your process!
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Are you thinking about going to law school? This workshop is for any U of M student considering it. We'll talk about the skills you need, and how to decide if law school's a good fit for you. We'll also provide basic tips about getting into law school, and what you can do to prepare.
Applying to Law School
This workshop is open to all U of M students, especially for those who know they're going to law school and would like guidance about the application process. We'll discuss application materials and deadlines, as well as how to prepare your application materials so that you're the best law school applicant you can be. If you are currently in the application process for Fall 2019, or thinking ahead to Fall 2020 admission, this is the place for you.
Online Pre-Law 101 Module
If you are unable to attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop, or want to access information from that workshop again, check out the new Pre-Law 101 Module. This module is perfect for someone just starting to explore law school, and outlines how to explore, ways to gain experience, and a brief overview of the timeline and application process. This module is available for currently enrolled University of Minnesota students only.
Stop in to 411 Bruininks Hall (CLA Career Services space - but remember, Pre-Law Advising is open to ALL students at the U of M, regardless of college) to meet with the Pre-Law Peer Advisor. Typically drop-ins are about 15-30 minutes, and are a great way to learn about pre-law at the U of M, get a general overview of the law school application process, and figure out how to get engaged with law-related opportunities on or near campus. Freshman and sophomore pre-law students - start with a workshop and/or drop-in hours to ensure you are on the right track toward a successful law school application in the future!
Fall Semester 2018 Hours
Tuesdays - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays - 9 - 11 a.m.
Fridays - 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Explore Legal Careers
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.