Pre-Law

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I major in if I want to go to law school?

There is no specific major required for admission to law school. So, you should major in a subject that interests you. However, you should consider taking some classes that will sharpen your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. The pre-law advisor can help you select these courses.

When should I begin preparing to apply to law school?

It is never too early to begin preparing for law school. You should contact the pre-law advisor as soon as you develop an interest in law school.  The pre-law advisor will provide information on course selection, preparing for the LSAT, and the law school application process.

I'm not sure whether I want to go to law school.  What can I do to help me decide?

The best way to decide whether or not you should go to law school is to see what lawyers do. Although there are alternatives careers for law school graduates, most lawyers practice law. A good way to see what lawyers do is do secure an intership that enables you to spend time around lawyers. The pre-law advisor can help you secure an internship.

What is the LSAT?

The LSAT is the Law School Admissions Test. Law schools look closely at students' scores on the LSAT as well as students' GPAs when making admissions decisions. UMass Lowell offers LSAT Preparatory classes on a limited basis. You should contact the Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Talty for more information on this course. You should also visit the LSAT website.

What do law schools look for when determining admission?

Law schools look at the entire package. This includes transcripts, GPA, letters of recommendation, application essay, LSAT score, and any other support materials. To be competitive you should work to maintain a high GPA, prepare for the LSAT, seek help with writing a strong application essay, and gather other support materials.