To be admitted to an accredited law school, the student must have a bachelor's degree, an acceptable score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and, in most cases, an accumulative grade point average of B or better. The LSAT should be taken in June or October of the year before the student plans to enter law school. Applications to law school, together with test scores, transcripts, and recommendations, should be submitted to law schools no later than January 1 of the year the student plans to begin law school. For specific admission requirements, the student should consult the catalog of the law school he or she wishes to attend.
In pursuing a pre-law program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the student will find that the best preparation during the first two years is the completion of the general education requirements. The Statement on Pre-legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools notes that "What law schools seek in their entering students is not accomplishment in mere memorization but accomplishment in understanding, the capacity to think for themselves, and the ability to express their thoughts with clarity and force." The pre-law student therefore must develop perception and skill in the English language, insight into the institutions and values with which people are concerned, and the power to think clearly, carefully, and independently. Since these skills are fostered by the general education requirements, completion of them should be the primary concern of the beginning pre-law student.
No law school recommends a particular major or minor as preparation for admission. Students should therefore design their program of study with the aim of further development and promotion of the skills listed above. Care should be taken in choosing electives. Aside from the courses in the general education requirements, the pre-law program often includes courses in political science, economics, philosophy (especially logic), American history, English, statistics, and computer science. One course in accounting is recommended. Since admission to law school is highly competitive, completion of recommended programs and requirements will not necessarily insure admission.
All pre-law students should seek academic counseling from pre-law advisors in the Departments of English, History, Political Science, and the College of Administrative Science. Materials and information are available in these departments or in the Academic Advisement and Information Center. The official Pre-law Handbook may be consulted in these offices or ordered from the Law School Admissions Services, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940.
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