Law & Order
For students interested in pursuing a career in law, certain skills—analytical and coherent thinking, critical reasoning, perceptive reading, and a strong command of the spoken and written language—are essential to your success.
Luckily for you, Washington College does a great job of teaching those very skills. Through co-curricular and extracurricular activities, pre-law students have plenty of opportunities to develop leadership skills. And our Pre-Law Committee is here to help you with law school planning and admission, individual advising, and LSAT prep.
While “pre-law” is not a major, several majors—including economics, English, environmental studies, political science, philosophy, and sociology—provide an excellent foundation for law school, and our minor in Justice, Law & Society offers national and global perspectives on criminal justice, civil liberties, ethical conduct, social welfare, and more. 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 to perform well on the LSAT, secure admissioni to law school, and succeed in the legal profession.
Attorney Bert Rein, who argued two major Supreme Court cases decided this week: Fisher v. University of Texas and Shelby County v. Holder, previewed the cases for a campus audience.
With focus and determination, Rebecca Sussman ’13 completed her college degree in three years and was accepted into one of the top law schools in the country.
Michael Bullock ‘14 put his writing and editing skills to work as a summer intern with the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis.
Our Top 3 Questions
What should I major in?
Law schools don’t care what you major in as long as the coursework is rigorous. Choose a major that interests you. Good grades are important, so pick a major that you’ll enjoy and in which you’ll excel.
Do admission panels look at trends in my grades?
Law schools tend to focus on your cumulative GPA. An isolated failing grade, particularly if your other grades are good, is an unfortunate circumstance but not a tragedy in itself. You should first and foremost reflect on the circumstances that caused the failing grade and take steps to avert them in the future. It is crucial that you do this, for a pattern of low and failing grades can jeopardize your chance for admission to law school.
When should I take the LSAT?
Since law schools have a rolling admission acceptance policy, it is to your benefit to get your application in as soon as law schools start accepting them (usually around October 1 for fall applicants and May 15 for spring applicants). View the Application Process/Timeline.