Illana.milch@yu.eduPre-Law Advising

Preparing Pre-Law Students

It is never too early to start thinking about applying to law school. The Office of Pre-Law Advisement provides individualized guidance to students and alumni from the time they begin to consider a career in law until they matriculate to law school. Students are encouraged to meet with the Pre-Law advisor at least once each semester to map out courses and learn of internship and volunteer opportunities. Students and alumni are always welcome to meet with the advisor to work on the components of their internship and law school applications. 

Why go to law school? 

A law degree (J.D.) is a professional graduate degree that enables its recipient to practice law, upon passing the state bar exam and meeting the character and fitness requirement for admission to practice in a given state.

It is crucial to address the question of “Why should I go to law school?” before you apply or even start preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and to take time before applying to explore the legal field and the benefits of a J.D. degree through shadowing, internships, summer jobs and talking to as many lawyers as possible, including those who became discontent and changed careers. Only you, can decide if law school is right calling you, and the best way to decide this is through practical, hands-on experience and networking with current legal professionals.

What should I major in? 

There is no right or wrong undergraduate program that best prepares a student for academic success in law school. Law schools are looking for well-rounded, curious and highly motivated students. The American Bar Association suggest students develop their analytical thinking, reasoning and writing school prior to law school. You should select a major that matches your strengths, values and interests.  Common major choices include liberal arts subjects such as Political Science, History and English.  If you are considering patent law, you should consult the list of approved STEM majors on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web site.

Exploring law-related careers

Law School graduates go on to become: 

  • State and Federal Judges
  • District Attorney
  • United States Attorney
  • In House Counsel
  • Litigators
  • Real Estate Practitioners and Investors
  • Tax Counsel
  • Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Mediators
  • Angel Funders
  • Professors

UPCOMING EVENT! 2018 Langfan Undergraduate Constitutional Oratorical Competition

Special thanks to the Langfan Family for their continued support.

MEN’S & WOMEN’S COMPETITIONS

Location: Wilf Campus, Furst Hall, Room 535
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM Reception; 9:30 AM Check in for Participants; Competitions Begin at 10:00AM
Check In and Reception will be in the lobby outside Furst 535

*Prizes: $800 (First Place); $600 (Second Place); $400 (Third Place)
*Separate prizes will be awarded to participants from each campus.

This Year's Topic:
PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING: Should the Judiciary review the constitutionality of gerrymandering schemes adopted on allegedly political grounds? 

For complete information regarding this competition, access the 2018 Langfan Overview.