The Pre-Law Guide

This Guide is intended to answer some of the most common practical questions asked by students and alumni considering careers in the law: Is law school really for me? How do I prepare to enter the legal profession? What is the LSAT? How should I prepare for it? What is the LSDAS? How do I apply to law school? Can I afford it? How do I write a good personal statement?

Your first stop for information is the Law School Admission Council website, http://www.lsac.org. Much of the information found here is more extensively and ably handled in resources available in the Career Center and from Pre-Law advisors: the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book, The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, law school catalogs, publications on the recommended reading list, internet sources, and so on. We invite you to review these resources and to talk with us about your questions, concerns, and plans for a future in the law. This guide is a good start, but is by no means a complete resource for investigating law schools or the legal profession.

Acknowledgment: Thanks to Ava Preacher, Assistant Dean, University of Notre Dame, for allowing us to use the Notre Dame Prelaw Guide as we crafted the Gustavus Adolphus Pre-Law Guide.