Law & Order
The Pre-Law initiative serves students interested in pursuing law school and careers in law. It provides students with law school planning, individual advising, preparation workshops, admission information, and more.
While law schools do not require specific majors, our pre-law advisors can provide guidance. A wide variety of majors can provide an excellent foundation for law school, and a liberal arts education can be quite helpful. Our liberal arts curriculum, with its emphasis on critical thinking and effective oral and written communication, will help you hone the skills you will need in the legal profession.
You should select a major and plan an undergraduate experience that helps you acquire skills that are essential in preparing to perform well on the LSAT, in law school, and ultimately as a lawyer. These skills include analytical and coherent thinking, critical reasoning, perceptive reading, and a strong command of the spoken and written language.
Students are encouraged to use FOCUS 2 (new user access code: “shoremen”), a comprehensive career planning program that provides guidance and information to help students make important career and educational decisions. Research-based assessments of career-relevant interests, abilities, and job values help students consider major and career options that are a good match.
Allison Kvien ’13 has spent two summers interning with the Environmental Crimes Section of the Department of Justice.
Kevin McGarry ’08, a former history major with a minor in political science, talks about how his undergraduate experience helped him prepare for a career in law. He serves as Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster, PA.