Preparing for Law School
In addition to an academically successful undergraduate program, law schools are looking for students with diverse experiences who will contribute to their law school classes and cultures. YU's small liberal arts classes allow students to develop relationships with faculty by attending classes, going to office hours and being TA's and research assistants, with the hopes that these relationships will result in strong academic recommendations for Law School. Students should make sure to get involved in campus clubs and volunteer opportunities to show their ongoing dedication to leadership and community.
The Jacob J. Hecht Pre-Law Society is active on both YU undergraduate campuses. Leadership opportunities are offered each year. There are also many other clubs and competitions to join. Click here for a list.
Each spring, YU offers its undergraduate students interested in law the opportunity to take a class at Cardozo Law School. The course, Frontiers in Law, exposes students to different fields of law as well as to professors and practitioners who specialize in those fields. For more information, please contact the Dean's Office.
Yeshiva University offers a unique opportunity for its Pre-Law Students to gain first hand experience interning for New York and New Jersey state judges. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and complete an application and interview process with both the Pre-Law Advisor and the Judge. The internships are offered each Spring and Summer. For more information, please contact the Pre-Law Advisor .
Pre-law or law students are also eligible to apply for the following national competitive programs. Selection committees for these programs expect to see an excellent academic record and sustained involvement in extracurricular activities with evidence of leadership a real plus. For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Other Award Resources (SOAR) Website.
Morris K. Udall Scholarship - awarded to students planning a career related to environmental public policy. Applied for during sophomore or junior year; provides $5,000 per year for the junior and/or senior year of college. Deadline is early March.
Truman Scholarship - awarded to students planning a career in government or public service. This $30,000 scholarship is applied for during junior year; the campus deadline for applying is mid-November. The majority of the award is to support graduate study.
Soros Fellowship for New Americans - provides $20,000 per year, plus half the cost of tuition for 2 -3 years of graduate school. Applied for in the senior year or during the first year of graduate study.
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship - awarded to graduating seniors or recent graduates' provides $50,000 per year for up to six years of graduate study.
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest - Open to juniors and seniors; several prizes are awarded - first prize is $5,000.