Preparing for Law School
There are a number of important steps to take to get ready for law school, and Hope provides plenty of resources to help you prepare.
Hope College, like virtually all other colleges and universities, does not have a specific pre-law major. This is because there is no best path to law school. There are no required courses for students with a desire to go to law school, nor is any single major better than another. Deciding your major should be based on your genuine interests and intellectual strengths.
The best approach is to pursue a challenging program of study, one you find appealing and in which you are likely to do your best work. It is one’s performance in college, more than any specific program or courses taken in college, which law schools are interested in. You are likely to do best, and therefore be a more attractive candidate, if you are studying subjects that motivate and interest you as a student.
The most common areas of concentration for those considering a legal career are business administration, English, economics, history, philosophy and political science. However, you can major in anything from interpretive dance or Spanish to biology or environmental studies and still go to law school. The most important thing is to pick a major or discipline that truly engages and challenges you.
Though Hope does not offer a pre-law major, we still offer an impressive array of courses that can help you best prepare to succeed in law school:
- American Consitiutional Law
- The Practice of Law and Legal Advocacy
- The Judicial Process
- The Philosophy of Law
- Business Law
- Law and Society
- International Law, Organization and Systems
Meaningful outside experience will also enhance your law school application. Work or internship experiences, significant extracurricular involvement, study abroad and other honors may serve to distinguish you from other law school applicants with similar numbers. However, do not fall into the trap of building a list of activities a mile long. Settle on a few limited activities, and get involved in a meaningful way, even in a leadership capacity.
Interested in Preparing for law school?
If you want to get a head start on preparing for law school, LSAC provides a valuable set of resources in guiding your undergraduate education.
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|1||Know why you want to go to law school.|
|2||Study a major you are excited about, and build a strong academic record.|
|3||Take courses that enhance your skills in research and writing, oral communications, analytical thinking, and problem solving.|
|4||Work hard, do well, get good grades.|
|5||Find a limited number of extracurricular activities that are meaningful to you, and get seriously involved, even in a leadership position.|