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“The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.”
-Justice Oliver W. Holmes

How does one begin to prepare for a life in law?  Preparing as an undergraduate can mean different things for different students.  There is no required major, or course of study, that will best prepare you for success in law school or as a practicing attorney.  But a judicious approach to the study of law now can provide experiences and build skills that are valued both in law students and attorneys: clear and persuasive communication, both in writing and in oral argument; strong analytical reading and writing skills; pragmatic and purposeful problem-solving; coalition building and leadership. 

The information provided via links above can be a prudent starting point for thoughtful law school preparation.  However, these are only guideposts and suggestions, *not* a required curriculum.  Law Schools actually prefer to admit and teach students who bring with them a truly interdisciplinary skill set.  Perhaps, most importantly, most of the application process depends on YOU: majoring in a subject you love to read, write and talk about; taking courses that best suit you and your goals; creating experiences in and out of the classroom that will prepare you for a life in law; and of course, achieving your best GPA and doing well on the Law School entrance exam (LSAT).

The links above and to the right are intended to provide helpful information to consider when exploring a legal career and applying to Law School. It is also strongly recommended that you make an appointment via calendly  with Vanderbilt’s pre-law adviser, Professor Carrie Russell, JD, PhD, for individually tailored assistance. 

 

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