Pre-Law Advising

Male student standing in front of law books


With respect to undergraduate preparation for law school, the American Bar Association and most law schools do not recommend any particular pre-law major as a necessary requirement for admission to law school. Instead, preparation for the study of law can best be found in courses that foster strong analytical skills, logical reasoning, and good speaking and writing skills. Here at South, a number of courses and majors—particularly in the College of Arts and Sciences—can be helpful in this preparation. I encourage students considering legal careers to tailor their studies and activities to their own individual interests and preparatory needs.


▼   Admissions Process

The process for applying to law schools is fairly standardized across the United States. In almost all cases applicants will apply through the Law School Admission Council. This organization is a non-profit corporation made up of 202 law schools in the United States and Canada. The LSAC is involved in a number of activities and services that relate directly to the law school admissions process. Most notable are the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Credential Assembly Service. The LSAC has a website that provides information regarding all of its activities. I strongly suggest that all of those who may be interested in law school admission should become familiar with the LSAC and its website.

▼   Exam Preparation Resources

I strongly suggest that if you plan to attend law school you set up a program to prepare for the LSAT. Your program may be your own or in conjunction with an examination preparation course. USA periodically offers a LSAT review course through its USA LSAT prep course. The course is listed in the catalog Table of Contents under Exam Reviews and Personal Improvement.

Also, there are a number of commercial courses available. If you are interested in one of these, I suggest that you contact them directly for information on course location and cost. Some of the more well known commercial courses are:

▼   USA Paralegal Certification

For those interested in a legal career other than as an attorney, USA has a Legal Assistant Certificate program offered through USA Special Courses. The program is outlined in the Certificate Programs section of the USA Special Courses Catalog.

I hope these internet resources will prove helpful to you. They should serve as a starting point.

▼   Contact

Dr. Ryan Williams
Assistant Professor and USA Pre-Law Advisor
Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice
Humanities Building 231