1. Choose your major wisely
Deans and admissions committees are looking for evidence of extensive reading, writing,
and research. Keeping this in mind, don't forget to choose something that you love.
- Extensive reading/writing majors to consider:
- Classical Studies
- English-Writing Studies
- Integrated Studies
- Peace & Justice
- Political science
- NOTE: If you study in a STEM or technical area be sure to take an extra writing course
2. Do's and Don'ts ...
- Don't work towards an early graduation in order to save time.
- An extra year of internships and an overall good GPA will be well worth it in the
- Don't avoid taking hard classes.
- Doing well in a semester with hard classes proves a lot more to an admissions committee
than a semester full of easy classes.
- Do publish your best writing in an on-campus journal
- This demonstrates professionalism as well as competency in writing.
- Do complete a legal/non-legal internship
- This helps you gain experience and looks good on your applications
- Do participate in the UVU Christine M. Durham Law Club
- This offers you opportunities in leadership and networking.
- Do participate in the UVU honors program
- This trains you to read and write at a high level. Writing an honors thesis can be
listed on your applications.
3. Build a Network
Shadowing is a great place to begin building your network; it is essential in any
profession and particularly gives you insight to the profession of law. Expanding
your network prior to law school will help you thrive as a student as well as in your
future law career.
4. Is law school right for you?
Deciding to go into law should not be taken lightly as it is a large commitment. The
following information can help you know if this is the right decision for you.
Questions to ask before you decide to go to Law School
- Are you opinionated?
- Can you articulate your opinions in writing and in speech?
- Can you articulate the other side with equal favor?
- Do you like to talk up in class and get into it?
- Are you an organized and detailed-oriented person?
- Lawyers need to read the fine print. Some Universities embed secret things into their
- Do you read the voters pamphlet? Those are laws!
- Do you know your strengths and weaknesses?
- Do you have a good handle on your EGO?
- If you are told 15 times a day that you're wrong, can you still feel good about yourself
at the end of the day? If you can't handle the process, don't come to law school.
- Are you okay with ambiguity?
- After all these years do you still like school? Do you still like to read and write
- Do you have any unfinished business in your life
- Travel dreams? Need to get away from school? Want to work for a while? Need to help
out your family? Take care of unfinished business before you go to law school. You
can't get off this train for a long time
**Questions given in presentation given in 2007 by UC Berkeley School of Law, Director
of Admissions Edward Tom
I look forward to working with you!
UVU Pre-law Advisor