1. Grade Point Average – GPA is one of
the key portions of the application package
so you should do all that you can to improve
your GPA as early as possible. If you plan
to enter law school the Fall after you
graduate from college, you will have to
apply during your Senior year which means
your Senior year grades will not be on the
transcript that the law school evaluates. Do
not be discouraged if you have a low GPA.
Admissions committees will look favorably on
significant improvement shown from year to
year even if the overall GPA is relatively
low. You may also draw attention, in your
personal statement, to specific areas of
improvement, or areas in which you have
excelled. If grades are entered on your
transcript after your application package is
mailed, be sure to have the registrar send
off an up to date (official) copy of your
transcript for the admission committee to
add to your application file.
2. Academic Load – Law schools do not
require you to take certain classes as an
undergraduate. You are free to pursue any
academic major before you apply to law
school. The most common undergraduate
degrees of law students are: Political
Science, History, English, and Philosophy.
These majors share the common element of
requiring students to read a lot of
information and write papers frequently. The
more your chosen major challenges you to
improve your reading and writing skills, the
better prepared you will be for law school.
That being said, there are plenty of
students in law school who have studied
Engineering, American Indian Studies,
Journalism, Drama, Psychology, and other
fields which may seem unrelated to law.
Any classes that make you read, write and
analyze material will be helpful in law
school. Although they may be helpful, do not
feel that you need to take undergraduate
classes concerning law subjects (many
political science programs offer
constitutional law for example) in order to
improve your chances of being admitted.
Remember that the admissions committee will
see your full transcript, not just your GPA.
If you only take “fluff” classes to boost
your GPA, it will be apparent on your
3. Extra Curricular – No law school requires
you to participate in extra curricular
activities. However, it certainly doesn’t
hurt, and it may just be the thing that sets
you apart from the rest of the applicant
pool. It doesn’t really matter what you
participate in: student government, Indian
student association, community/public
service, pre-law, mock trial, speech,
business club, drama, etc. You will
especially want to point out any leadership
experiences you have had with those groups.