Planning for Law School

Law school is a popular option for Arts and Science majors. In 2011-12, 97% of Miami senior applicants were accepted to law school, compared to a national average of 80%.

Students interested in law school are encouraged to select a major that interests them. Regardless of the major you select, you should take courses that will enhance those skills that are necessary for success in law school.

According to the Law School Admission Council, "as long as [students] receive an education including critical analysis, logical reasoning, and written and oral expression, the range of acceptable college majors is very broad." To develop these very essential skills, students should consider taking courses in the humanities, such as political science or history (critical analysis), philosophy (logic), communication and English (oral/written communication), and math and science (analytical reasoning).

Most law schools have high standards for grade point average (GPA) and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. In fact, the median GPA for students accepted to the top 25 percent of law schools exceeds 3.50. Similarly, the median LSAT score for these schools is 160 (120-180 scale). In addition to success in the classroom, participation in community service, student activities, leadership training and experience, and study abroad are a plus.

If you are interested in law school, you should contact a pre-law adviser in our Pre-Law Center in 159 Upham Hall as early in your college career as possible.

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