Preparing for Law School

Building Your Skills

At Miami University, pre-law is not a major or minor. Law schools do not require particular courses to admit students, and they accept students from all majors. You should select a major you find interesting and in which you can do well. Regardless of your major, you should take courses that will enhance those skills that are essential for success in law school and legal practice:

  • critical thinking
  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • problem-solving
  • logical reasoning

A list of skills needed to prepare for law school can be found on the American Bar Association's website.

To gain valuable problem solving and logical reasoning skills, courses in math, science, and logic are recommended. You should discuss the coursework needed to develop these skills with the pre-law advisor in your major early in your undergraduate career.

You should also excel academically, as admission to law school is very competitive. Work hard in all of your courses and achieve the best grades you can! If you are struggling in your major or have questions about your major, you should see a pre-law or academic advisor as early as possible in your undergraduate career.

Building Relationships

It is important that you make an effort to get to know your professors. Attend office hours often. You will need to obtain letters of recommendation when you apply to law school, so it is important to build relationships with your instructors early in your undergraduate career. Taking multiple courses from an instructor you enjoy and do well with is one way to develop a relationship and allow a faculty member to get to know you better.

Building Your Resume

In addition to providing you with exposure to the legal profession and its fit for you, involving yourself in pre-law related extra-curricular activities and job shadowing opportunities can help enhance your law school resume. Most importantly, you should pursue whatever passions you have, law-related or not, and get involved in the groups and organizations that truly interest you. Quality prevails over quantity, so pick a couple activities, stick with them, and be a true participant, pursuing leadership opportunities when you can.

Staying Out Of Trouble

Any sort of criminal or disciplinary violation must be explained on a law school application. Even minor blemishes such as having many speeding tickets may need to be explained. Major problems such as felonies and some misdemeanors can prevent you from being accepted and/or taking the bar exam, so make sure you stay out of trouble!

Taking the LSAT