On Campus Opportunities
Although your major discipline does not matter to law schools, if you have room in your degree here at DU, you can meet with your Pre-Law or Academic Advisor to see if you could add a minor or second major in the follwing areas.
These diciplines are heavy in reading and writing, which will be beneficial for you while in law school.
1. Minor: Business Ethics & Legal Studies
3. Major or Minor: Socio-Legal Studies
4. Major or Minor: Political Science
5. Major or Minor: Criminology
6. Major or Minor: History
7. Major or Minor: Philosophy
8. Major or Minor: Sociology
9. Major or Minor: English & Literary Arts
10. Minor: Writing Practices
11. Daniels College of Busiess: Majors & Minors
When Law School Admissions Officers read your law school report, they are more concerned with the TYPES of classes you took than with a declared major. Taking classes at the 2XXX and 3XXX level will serve you best.
You may not want a full blown double major or minor in the above disciplines, but you can look to take electives in these categories.
Often the most current information about a career field, especially in a specific geographic location, may not be available online or in books. The best information comes from people who are actually working in that career field.
An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in an area that interests you who will give you information and advice. It is an effective research tool in addition to reading books, exploring the Internet and examining job descriptions. It is not a job interview, and the objective is not to find job openings.
You may feel awkward making arrangements to talk with people you don't know about their work. However, most people actually enjoy taking a few moments out of their day to reflect on their professional life and to give advice to someone with an interest in their field.
Attend a Law School Forum
Check out the list of dates of upcoming LSAC Law School Forums.
LSAC Law School Forums are open-house-style recruitment events that make it easy for you to research law schools on a more personal level. At a forum, you can speak face-to-face with admission representatives from over 170 ABA-approved law schools, gain insights about navigating the application process, and ask questions to help you take the next step in the process.
Kroll Law Offices, P.C.
Andrew Kroll is a University of Denver Undergraduate Alumni that runs a program for part-time, unpaid law clerks (with a paid position possible after a trial period if the candidate is a great fit, and alternatively with school credit possible, where applicable) that allows students to gain resume-building, real-world experience in a private law firm in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, asset protection, elder law and business planning without having to take away much time from their studies. The very limited commitment (average is typically 4-8 hours per week) is the main reason the core position is unpaid. He is currently looking for additional law clerks to work a portion of 1-1.5 days a week.
Typical schedule is Monday, usually after 11:00 a.m. through the afternoons (afternoons are important), and Fridays similar timeframe, so a student can have a morning class on those days if they need to. Please contact Andrew at email@example.com right away if you are interested.
The ideal candidate is someone who will not have a problem traveling to Lakewood (10 minutes west of downtown, and office is within walking distance from new light rail). Law clerks may have varied practice area interests and still gain valuable exposure to the private practice of law, it’s not essential that an applicant have any one specific practice area in mind. Students who get the most out of the program are those whose work and school commitments allow enough flexibility for them to stay in this position for approximately one year (those students tend to get the full benefit of the position and are more likely to be hired as law clerks at the end of their time, if it’s a fit). Students will have contact with clients, so strong social skills are helpful. The program is usually not as good of a fit for students who plan to have another job at the same time while in school, but it is possible in limited circumstances to make that work. Upon request, you may speak with one or more previous or current law clerks if you have questions about their experience.