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Suggested Pre-law Courses

There are a number of courses offered at Elizabethtown College that can be helpful for law school preparation.  These classes can help you develop and hone the skills necessary for law school.


Class
Department & Course Number
 American National Government
 Political Science 111
 Mock Trial I and II
 Political Science 301 & 302
 Constitutional Law I and II  Political Science  303 & 304
 Business Law I and II
 Business Admin. 331 & 332
 Persuasion  Communications 304
 Legal Writing
 English 283
 Logic and Critical Thinking
 Philosophy 110
 Advanced Ethics: Legal
 Philosophy 255C
 Philosophy of Law
 Philosophy 305 (PS 305)
 Intro to American Criminal Justice System
 Sociology 216
 Juvenile Law and Justice  Sociology 352

 

Suggested Time Line

Class Year

Semester

Classes/Activities

First-year

Fall

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

 

Spring

 

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

Sophomore

Fall

 

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

Consider taking practice LSAT (free)

 

Spring

 

Focus on doing well in classes and developing skills necessary for success in law school.

Attend Pre-Law sponsored events to learn about law school admissions, financing law school, and law and law-related careers.

Consider taking practice LSAT (free)

Junior

Fall

Continue to do well in classes

Continue to attend Pre-Law events

Off-campus experience (if taking June LSAT)

Take practice LSAT (free)

Attend Philadelphia Law School Fair to begin getting information about specific law schools

Order information from law schools/view websites

 

Spring

Continue to do well in class

Continue to attend Pre-Law events

Off-campus experience (if taking October LSAT)

Register for LSAT (if taking the June test)($$)

  • Note:  Students are encouraged to take the June LSAT, if possible.

LSAT Prep (if taking the June test)

Order information from law schools/view websites

 

Start of Summer

Take LSAT (in June, if not take in October)

LSAT prep (if taking October test)

Register for LSAT (if taking in October)($$)

 

Late Summer

Begin research on possible law schools

Register with for the     CAS($$)

Send undergraduate transcripts to LSAC/LSDAS

Contact potential letter of recommendation writers

  • You will need at least two letters, possibly three.  Professors are best.

 

Visit prospective law schools

Senior

 Fall

Continue to do well in class

Continue to attend Pre-Law sponsored events

Take practice LSAT (free)

Take LSAT (in October, if not taken in June)

Complete research on possible schools to attend

Attend Philadelphia Law School Fair to get information on specific law schools

Visit prospective law schools

Update resume for law school applications

Begin writing a personal statement

Complete/submit law school applications (mid-November, possibly sooner)

 

Spring

Continue to do well in class

Attend Pre-Law events

Some law schools may require in-person interviews

Law school acceptances arrive

Visit schools to which you are accepted

Complete financial aid forms

Decide which law school to attend

Graduate!!

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