Preparing for Law School

At Wesleyan, "pre-law" is not an official status, designation, or course of study.  It is a self-selected descriptive that describes a student's potential career plan.  Law schools have no preference for applicants coming from a formal undergraduate Pre-law program.

Top law school applicants provide:
  • strong academic performance
  • a high score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or the General Records Exam (GRE)
  • enthusiastic letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  •  a resume that highlights experiences and accomplishments which demonstrate engagement through campus activities, leadership positions, internships, and personal interests.

Your First Semester in College
Preparation for law school begins in the first semester.  Establishing a solid foothold in college-level academic work, meeting new peers, and identifying potential opportunities for campus activities should all be on your agenda.  Utilize the resources available to you, such as meeting with Wesleyan’s Pre-Law Advisor, Jim Kubat, attending the Career Center's specialized pre-law programs, and getting career advice from Wesleyan alumni who are practicing lawyers.

Your Academic Major
Law schools look favorably at students who have developed and acquired certain skills, including analytical and problem solving, critical reasoning, writing, oral communication, and research.  They do not prefer a law-related curriculum, favor one academic major over another, or prefer to see law-related courses on your transcript. Courses related to law may be helpful in your preparation for law school, but do not give you a competitive advantage for admission.

Extracurricular Activities and Internships
Law schools do not favor particular campus activities or internships over others.  Select campus activities and internships that interest you and express your values. Law schools want applicants with a breadth of experiences and intellectual inquiry, and who show strength of character. Use your activities to develop your leadership and public-speaking ability.

Faculty Relationships
Be sure to build strong relationships with faculty members and staff who may later write you letters of recommendation.

If you spend your time at Wesleyan wisely, achieving a high level of academic achievement, engaging with the campus community, exemplifying high standards of character amongst your peers, and maintaining good conduct, you will have an excellent chance of attending a top-ranked law school.