Welcome to DU Pre-Law Advising!
Wondering how to determine if law school is right for you? Want to know how to differentiate yourself among the sea of applicants to a law school admissions representative? Curious about different practice areas, but not sure where to start? Not sure what attorneys do, and don’t know any? Already accepted to law school, but unsure about how to finance your legal education? Begin here and scheudle an appointment with your DU Pre-Law Advisor Today!
DU does not offer a pre-law major or minor. We encourage students to take full advantage of the inherent flexibility, breadth, and depth of the DU curriculum in order to develop traits that are necessary for a potential career in law: strong critical and analytical skills; the ability to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively; and a mature understanding of moral and ethical issues.
At the University of Denver, Pre-Law Advising provides academic and career advising for students from all majors who are interested in applying to law-related graduate programs. Pre-law support begins before classes start in the first year and continues through all undergraduate years, and even after graduation. The goal of advising is to support students in preparing for professional school and building the most competitive application/resume possible.
Pre-Law Advising supports all pre-law students across campus. While a majority of students are majors in Political Science, History, International Studies, or Socio-Legal Studies, a substantial number of students are majors in other departments (Psychology, MFJS, Public Policy, Philosophy, and Business). Your undergraduate major does not determine whether you can be accepted into law school. Law schools are interested in highly motivated students with an interest in understanding the law, regardless of the student's particular major. Academic accomplishment and demonstrated leadership are far more important than any particular major.
Law school admission is competitive. The four major criteria are:
1. GPA and level of difficulty of coursework.
2. LSAT score - the Law School Admission Test provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills., i.e., it is a test of skills, not specific knowlege.
3. A personal statement. This is an essay in which the applicant describes their personal stories including experiences, accomplishments and goals.
4. References. Both academic references and ones from those who have supervised the applicant in a significant internship or law related positon are preferred.