How to Prepare for Law School in College

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Law school is challenging, requiring long hours of study and legal research. However, many law students find that the rewards of the legal profession outweigh the demands of law school. You can begin preparing to succeed in law school while pursuing your undergraduate degree.

Choose an Appropriate Undergraduate Degree

There is no “one size fits all” solution regarding the specific Bachelor’s degree you should choose if you want to attend law school. A humanities degree is suitable because it will be reading and writing-intensive. You might consider majoring in government studies, ideally with a specialization in legal studies. Other options include the following history, psychology, political science, philosophy and English.

Some lawyers have undergraduate degrees in business or economics. You can even major in a STEM subject prior to legal education. For example, if you would like to focus on environmental law in your future practice, you might double major in government studies and biology. In general, however, it is advisable to choose a degree with a specialization in legal studies.

Get Involved in Campus Life

Getting accepted to a law school can be difficult. One way to boost your chances is to begin improving your application right away. Admissions personnel like candidates who demonstrate a willingness to pursue their interests and passions. Get involved in extracurricular activities and clubs on campus. These can, but do not necessarily need to, center on topics relevant to the law profession.

Build Good Relationships With Your Professors

Another way to improve your chances of being accepted to law school is to develop strong relationships with your professors. You will turn to your professors for recommendations in the future. Make yourself stand out by taking advantage of office hours and participating in class discussions.

Develop Good Study and Work Habits

You will be spending very long hours studying in law school, so develop good work habits now. Find a system that works for you and stick with it. It is crucial to learn how to work with distractions. Some students like to wear earplugs or noise-canceling headphones, while others like to listen to instrumental music (without vocals).

Begin Studying for the LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the standardized exam used when applying to any law school in the United States. Students should spend at least a few months studying intensively before taking the LSAT. If you have only recently become an undergrad student, you will not take the LSAT for a few years. However, you can begin preparing now to ease the burden later. You can find for-fee LSAT preparation materials in bookstores and online. In addition, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT, has teamed up with Khan Academy to offer free LSAT prep materials online, including practice tests with official questions.

At Grand Canyon University, you can take full advantage of our curriculum and career resources to prepare for your future endeavors. Students who want to go on to law school after earning an undergrad degree may wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. To learn more, visit our website or click on the Request More Information button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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