Thinking About Law School
Preparing for Law School
There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. The core skills and values are outlined in some detail by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have been summarized succinctly in their Statement on Prelaw Preparation, prepared by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Law schools want students who can think critically and write well, and who have some understanding of the forces that have shaped human experience. Among the other abilities named by the ABA are analytic/problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, oral communication and listening abilities, research skills, organization and management skills, and values of serving others and promoting justice. No particular undergraduate education is recommended; students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. If you are an undergraduate, a prelaw advisor at your school can help you plan a course of study that will help you achieve your goal.
A legal education is both challenging and rewarding. You will develop your analytical, synthesizing, creative, and logical thinking skills, and you will strengthen your reading and debating abilities. A legal education is necessary to become a lawyer in the United States, but it is also excellent preparation for many other careers, both because of the framework for organizing knowledge it provides and the analytical approach it brings to problems. Many teachers, business people, and writers first obtained a legal education before pursuing careers other than law.