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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: 
    • Anthropology
    • Classical Studies
    • English-Writing Studies
    • History
    • Integrated Studies
    • Peace & Justice
    • Philosophy
    • Political science
  • NOTE: If you study in a STEM or technical area be sure to take an extra writing course each semester.

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 end.
  • 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 applications.
  • 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 papers?
  • 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

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I look forward to working with you!

Marti Webster
UVU Pre-law Advisor