Law School Info
Many students are interested in pursuing a career in the law. Law offers many benefits, but law school also demands time, effort, and money. Use available resources to learn about legal careers, prepare for law school, and succeeding in law school.
What You Will Find on This Page
- Deciding to Go To Law School
- The Loves and Hates of Practicing Attorneys
- Resources to Help You Prepare
- Mock Trial / Moot Court / Mock Mediation
- Law School Finance Issues and Concerns
How can you tell if you really want to be a lawyer?
- Think about what you want out of your career.
- What are your long and short-term goals?
- Is a law degree necessary for you to accomplish your goals?
- Talk to lawyers who enjoy practicing, and to those who don't.
- Talk to criminal lawyers, corporate lawyers, solo-practitioners, public service lawyers.
- Talk to lawyers who have gone into business, journalism or academia.
- Visit a law school and sit in on some classes. Do you find the subject matter interesting?
- Do you find the professors intimidating, or challenging? Could you imagine being one of the students?
- Explore legal employment opportunities
- Consider landing a PS 4040: Pre-Law Internship to further evaluate the profession
FAQs and Handbooks
- Department of Political Science Thinking About Law School? (FAQ)
- Washington University Pre-Law Handbook
- University of Illinois Pre-Law Handbook
Being an attorney—like any career-- offers both satisfying aspects and frustrating aspects. Bowdoin College reports results from interviews of practicing attorneys about what they love and hate about their jobs.
There is a wealth of online information to help you plan and prepare for law school. Don't be shy—use it.
- Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
- LSAC – Search for Schools by GPA and LSAT Scores
- Law School Podcaster "Your Guide to Law School"
- Admissions Consultants – Articles and Tips
- Tips on How to Make Your Application as Competitive as Possible
- Law School Interview Questions
Legal careers can involve courtroom argumentation, legal theory and advocacy, or mediation
of disputes. The Department offers skills/activity courses in each area, where you
can gain knowledge, practical experience, and tremendous friendships. In all three
cases, students work with faculty members to prepare and compete in state and national
PS 2100 Legal Courtroom Procedure. (EXL)
For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. One credit, but may be repeated up to three times.
PS 2110.Moot Court. (EXL)
Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. One credit, but may be repeated up to four times.
- See the Moot Court page.
PS 2120. Mediation Procedure. (EXL)
For students interested in developing skills as a mediator and an advocate in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.
- See the Mediation page.
It is an absolute necessity to get some serious advice on law school financing. Major debt can be a serious impediment to getting on with life after law school, and thus it is essential to get clear information and a sound plan before starting. The resources below are a start, but are not a substitute for discussions with professionals.
Law School Finance Resources
- Background Info
- Issues and Concerns