Pre-Law Advising

The American Bar Association (ABA) does not prescribe a particular major as a prerequisite for admission to law school. Rather prospective law students are free to choose among the wide variety of majors including humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts and other disciplines. Consider pre-law as a state of mind, rather than a major.

Although any major will prepare you to enter law school, it is very important to talk to those who know about law as a profession and about applying to law school as you work out your career plans and goals. One step along this path is to select courses that will help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as an attorney. To facilitate this selection process, the ABA has identified the following skills:

  • Analytical thinking

  • Critical reading

  • Oral communication

  • Problem solving

  • Research

  • Task organization and management

  • Writing

You should select courses that you find both interesting and intellectually challenging. Since law school admission is highly competitive, it is important that you attain a high grade point average and that you also prepare for the possibility of a career outside of law.

Courses to Consider

Students interested in law school might consider classes in any of the following areas:
  • Courses in English that emphasize the skills of reading and writing will help you to master this important means of communication.

  • Courses in political science and history will help you develop an understanding of government institutions.

  • Courses in economics, statistics, accounting and computer science are valuable preparation for any profession.

  • Courses in philosophy, psychology, religious studies and sociology are also good preparation for studying law as a social science.

  • Writing Intensive courses in any of the subjects above also underscore the skill of writing and are extremely helpful.

Pre-law Advisers

Elizabeth Bonina

Michael Burke

Peter Maust

Joseph Pascarella
Criminal Justice  

Benedick Turner

S. Margaret Buckley

Frank LaTerra
Office of Career Development  

events for fall 2013

Each semester, the Pre-Law Committee hosts several events for students. Past events have included LSAT review and personal statement workshops, graduate school fairs and the Best of Brooklyn Internship and Job Fair.

Tuesday, November 5
Personal Statement Workshop
12:40 p.m., Touhy 216

Thursday, November 14
"Careers in Law" Faculty Panel Presentation
12:40 p.m., Alumni Room

lsat dates

Saturday, December 7

Monday, December 9
One-Stop Enrollment
9/4: Long Island. For adult-learner undergraduate programs.
SJC Preview Day for Prospective Students
9/13: Long Island. Discover the benefits of a St. Joseph's College education.
Feast of San Gennaro
9/17: Long Island. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Life.
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