How do I prepare for law school?

7 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Law School

Do you love a heated debate or are you passionate about social justice or politics? Then law school could be a great option for you after you get your bachelor’s degree. Here are seven things you should consider doing now to help you prepare for law school.

1. Consider these classes

 Check out this list of special classes from the current UC Davis course catalog (look under “What kind of courses should I take?”) that are designed to give you the skill set and background needed for getting into law school. Also check out the What Can I Do With My Major? blog.

2. Meet with an advisor

The Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services offers 30-minute advising appointments. Schedule an appointment online, visit 117 South Hall or call 530-752-4475. Drop-in hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

3. Join the King Hall Outreach Program

The King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) helps UC Davis undergraduates with the law school admissions process and offers winter (Jan./Feb.) and summer (June/July) sessions.

4. Attend a workshop, information day or open house

The Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services offers free workshops on a quarterly basis that teach you the various stages of the application process. No RSVP is required. They also have Graduate and Law School Information Day in the fall. UC Davis’ King Hall has numerous recruitment events throughout the year and daily tours upon request, plus an open house every fall—including one specifically for UC undergraduate students.

5. Join UC Davis Mock Trial

UC Davis Mock Trial is a competitive academic activity for undergraduate students at UC Davis and an opportunity for you to learn about the legal process. Learn more or contact the student officers here.

6.  Stay in the know

The Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services offers workshops, advising and personal statement support and manages a pre-law listserv (Kerberos login required).

7. Mark your calendar

You must remember several important dates when applying for law school. It is recommended that you submit your applications before Thanksgiving. You’ll also need to sign up to take the LSAT (there are several testing dates throughout the year) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline is in early March.



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