Law School Preparation Information for High School and Early College Students

Year by Year Breakdown

Freshman Year:

  1. Freshman year is about getting started in college and tackling your general education requirements.
  2. GPA is important for getting in to law school. Set the tone now and study hard to establish a high baseline GPA.

Sophomore Year:

  1. Finish up your general education requirements.
  2. If you are thinking about choosing a major, select one that engages you. If you are interested in what you are studying, you will make better grades.
  3. If you choose a major that doesn’t require a lot of writing, take a paper class at least once a year to keep your writing skills sharp.
  4. Find out who the PreLaw Advisor is on your campus: http://www.lsac.org/jd/thinking-about-law-school/advice
  5. Start thinking about the LSAT and when you might want to take it; visit lsac.org to find out all about the test.
  6. Remember: LSAT and GPA are important to getting in to law school, but law schools want to admit well-rounded students. You may want to consider internships, work or volunteer opportunities throughout the year to start building your resume.

Junior Year:

  1. This is the time to get serious about planning for getting in to law school.
  2. Meet again with your PreLaw Advisor to start mapping out a strategy for your application.
  3. If you are planning on going straight from undergrad to law school, think about signing up for the June LSAT. This will give you two more times to re-take the test if you don’t like your score.
  4. Sometime your Junior year, take a class in Logic or Logical Reasoning. A lot of colleges offer this class through their Department of Philosophy. Logical Reasoning is tested twice on the LSAT and the material you will cover in class is similar to what you will see on the test.

Note: a lot of schools require a basic philosophy class as a pre-requisite to this one.

  1. Come check out Ole Miss Law. Schedule a visit with us and see what we have to offer. law.olemiss.edu

Senior Year:

  1. Determine who is going to write your letters of recommendation for law school. If you are coming straight from undergrad to law school, academic recs are going to be the best kind for you.
  2. Finalize your personal statement. Give yourself at least a month to work on it and let at least 2 other people review it before applying to law schools. This statement is your chance to set yourself apart from all other applicants to law school. Think about why you want to be a lawyer and about what makes you stand out. Don’t forget: the personal statement is also a writing sample.