Consider adding courses to your portfolio of classes that focus specifically on your writing, editing, and communication skills. Communication and writing skills are very important for a career in law or any other profession. Concentrated coursework in which rewriting, analyzing, and evaluating text is a regular and essential part of your day over time can build the skills you need: the ability to discern important details and to write well. Search for professors and courses that offer these attributes. Take challenging courses now that will prepare you for greater challenges that law school and the legal profession will require you to handle in the future.
Consult the websites for the Communication Department and the English Department for a listing of editing, legal writing and analysis, professional writing, public speaking, and rhetoric and argumentation courses.
Work on applying The Law School Advising Program’s career development approach to your interest in law school and the legal profession by adopting the following recommendations:
Now that you have considered the skills that law schools and the legal profession value and are developing your plan to improve and refine these skills, you will be ready for the application process.
The following departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences have developed specialized programs and tracks for students interested in legal studies or have substantive legal or law-related courses:
Environmental Studies Concentration
Criminal Justice Department
Peace & Justice Concentration
Political Science Department
Contact the Chairs and Professors in the departments you’re interested in to discuss their course offerings and complementary internship and research opportunities.