July 12, 2018
So You Want to be a Lawyer?
USC Pre-Law Advising offers academic guidance and programming for both USC students and alumni across all academic units in their exploration and pursuit of a legal education. We help students navigate the law school admissions process and are a resource in enhancing Trojan applicants’ candidacy for law school admission, as well as determining whether or not law school is even right for them. There are no requirements and there is no distinction that appears on a student’s degree or transcript that identifies him/her as pre-law, rather the program allows you to utilize our pre-law advising services and resources that are designed expose you to the realities of the legal profession and help you make the most of your undergraduate years to strengthen your candidacy for law school admission.
USC Pre-Law Advisors work closely with admission representatives from law schools across the nation to provide our students with accurate information regarding the application process. Through one-on-one advisement sessions, various workshops and events, and law school information sessions, USC Pre-Law Advising strives to provide students with a realistic picture of not only the law school admissions process, but also of life as a future law student and what they can expect from their legal career thereafter. Additionally, USC Pre-Law Advising offers a personal statement, resume, and addenda document review service, via online submission on our pre-law website. This service provides student and alumni applicants with constructive feedback and edits on vital elements of their law school applications.
To communicate with our pre-law community, USC Pre-Law Advising utilizes a weekly newsletter that is emailed during the fall and spring semesters. Our newsletter highlights important events, course electives, scholarship information, as well as pre-law opportunities and programs, such as internships and conferences.
In addition to the option of scheduling personal pre-law advising appointments with our advisors, each semester USC Pre-Law Advising hosts numerous events designed to educate current students and alumni. In the fall there are between 15-20 events, which are primarily geared towards students currently in the law school application process. Fall events range from law school information sessions, application fundamentals, and experiencing a first-year law class (hosted in conjunction with USC Gould School of Law). In addition to these events, USC Pre-Law Advising also coordinates an annual Law Fair where representatives from over 100 ABA law schools and LSAT test preparation companies are hosted on our campus and available to speak with our pre-law students and alumni.
In the spring, pre-law events focus more on those exploring the field of law or planning to enter the upcoming law school application cycle. There are between 10-15 events in the spring, which include topics such as: life with a J.D., making the transition from undergrad to law school, mock LSAT exams/preparation, and the law school exploration process. The spring semester typically concludes with a pre-law talk featuring David Kirschner, Associate Dean and Dean of Admissions for USC Gould School of Law, who is also a USC alum. This event provides pre-law students with the opportunity to speak candidly with the Associate Dean about law school, the application process, as well as, how to strengthen their overall candidacy for admission into law school.
For the prospective Trojan student thinking about law school, it is important to know that being a pre-law student at USC is not a major or minor, or even an academic track for that matter. Law school admission committees do not require law applicants obtain certain undergrad degree types or take specific course prerequisites, so neither does USC. Instead we have many law related majors, such as Philosophy, Politics & Law and Law, History & Culture, and minors, such as Law & Society and Philosophy for Business, Law, & the Professions, for students wanting more law-focused curriculum. An added benefit for USC pre-law students is the ability to take undergraduate courses offered from the USC Gould School of Law. These are actual law classes that are taught by actual law school faculty specifically tailored for USC undergrads within USC Gould. USC Pre-Law Advising has a strong partnership with USC Gould, hosting many workshops in collaboration, as well as helping promote and advise the USC Gould 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD Program, which allows qualified USC students to finish both their undergraduate and law education in six years (versus the traditional seven) without having to take the LSAT for admission.
USC Pre-Law Advising strives to be a part of every Trojans’ journey toward becoming future lawyers. Whether as a current undergrad or as a future alum, Trojan law school applicants can feel secure in their ability to utilize the services and resources offered by USC Pre-Law Advising at any stage in their path towards a legal education.
Written by Karla Rivera, Pre-Law Advisor
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