First & Second Year Students

  • Focus on making excellent grades, because your undergraduate GPA is a key factor in law school admissions.
  • Skim the Pre-Law website for an overview of what the next several years will entail as you prepare for law school
  • Tell your academic adviser and/or major adviser of your interest in pre-law, so that he or she can advise you accordingly
  • Take courses that will challenge you and help you develop your critical reading, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing skills. Click here for a list of basic courses that may be of interest to pre-law students
  • Get to know your professors. Take advantage of their office hours, participate in class discussions, etc. You will need their Letters of Recommendation eventually, and the best recommenders are those professors who know you well and can comment on more than just your grades
  • Begin the process of investigating careers in the law. There are several resources listed here, and the OPCD career counselors can direct you to other helpful resources
  • Become involved in extra-curricular activities that interest you. Of special note are a couple of activities that are specifically law-related: the Pre-Law Society and the Mock Trial Program. However, don’t feel that every activity must be law-related
  • When the time comes, declare a major that you will enjoy and that will challenge you. It need not be a major that is “law-related.” (Law schools care more about how well you did in your chosen areas of study than they do about what those areas are.)
  • Join the pre-law listserv to be sure you are receiving the most up-to-date information on pre-law events and news. Contact Carol Benford in the Office of Academic Advising to be added to the listserv
  • Meet with a pre-law academic adviser in the Office of Academic Advising for assistance in selecting courses that will be a good fit with your pre-law goals
  • Introduce yourself to Wake’s Pre-Law Adviser, Professor Laura Graham, who will be working with you later on as you begin the process of applying to law school