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Undergraduate Preparation

The American Bar Association has prepared a statement on Undergraduate Preparation for Law School, which you can review here. In general, you should know that there is no single path to law school--no required major or particular pre-requisite coursework, etc. Instead, your undergraduate years should be used to develop a breadth of knowledge across many disciplines, as well as a depth of knowledge in a subject of interest to you, i.e. your major/minor. Law schools place value on particular skills, not necessarily specific content knowledge. Namely, law schools are looking for applicants with the following skills and attributes:

  • Analytic/Problem-Solving Skills
  • Critical Reading Abilities
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization and Management Skills
  • The Values of Serving Others and Promoting Justice