Why Study Pre-Law?
About Pre-Law at JBU
Current trends indicate that law schools are not looking for pre-law majors, instead, they are looking for students who have successfully completed a rigorous liberal arts program and who can perform well on the LSAT. For that reason, John Brown University's Pre-Law Professional Program (rather than a pre-law major) prepares our students well for the competitive law school admissions process.
The purpose of the Pre-Law Professional Program is to assist students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary for active intellectual engagement in the first year of law school. The Pre-Law Professional Program also helps students as they explore their interest in specific areas of the legal profession. To meet these goals, the program consists of the following components:
- The Pre-Law Minor, in conjunction with a major of the student's choice, as a way to develop the verbal, written and analytical skills necessary for law school while maintaining academic rigor in a liberal arts major
- The advice and guidance of the Pre-Law Program Director who is both a professor and lawyer
- Mock LSAT test and score analysis available online
- An introduction to the integration of faith and the law, as well as contact with currently practicing legal professionals in JBU's Christianity & the Law course
- Exposure to the law through JBU's Constitutional Law, Communication Law and Ethics, Family Law and/or Business Law courses
- The opportunity for competitive admissions to and scholarships for the Law, Justice and Culture Institute, a two-week May-term course at Trinity Christian College for undergraduate students interested in law school. The course consists of legal study and analysis, guest speakers who are lawyers in a variety of fields, and a day trip to the University of Chicago, School of Law, where students meet with law school personnel and sit in on a first-year law class.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Do I need to major in Pre-Law to go to law school?
The short answer is, no. Law schools do not require applicants to major in pre-law. In fact, most seem to discourage it. Current trends indicate that law schools are looking for students who have successfully completed any of a variety of rigorous liberal arts programs, who can think critically and broadly and perform well on the LSAT. The goal of John Brown University's Pre-Law Professional Program is for students to be prepared for the competitive law school admissions process, as well as the intellectual engagement required in the first year of law school.
2) Do I need a Pre-Law Minor to go to law school?
No. Even though law schools do no require either a major or a minor in Pre-Law, the coursework in JBU's Pre-Law minor can be of significant help to students from a variety of majors in developing the skills, abilities, knowledge base and habits of critical thinking necessary for success in law school.
3) Should I go to law school?
Law school is a tremendous opportunity and experience, but it is not for everyone. Reasons for attending law school are as diverse as the individuals who apply. Please contact Dr. James Blankenship (JBlankenship@jbu.edu) to discuss the possibilities.
4) When should I apply to law school?
Applicants generally apply to law school early in the fall semester of their senior year, a year in advance of the fall they plan to start law school. Since application deadlines vary, you should check with the schools to which you intend to apply.
5) What is the LSAT?
The LSAT is the Law School Admissions Test. It is a half-day exam that must be taken by all students who apply to law school. Your LSAT score will be one of the most important components of your law school application. You can find more information on the LSAT at the Law School Admissions Council website: www.lsac.org
6) When should I take the LSAT?
Generally, students take the LSAT by the December prior to the fall semester in which they plan to begin law school. It is a good idea to take it even earlier - such as the June or October prior to the December date. Application requirements vary, so be certain to check the deadlines of the law schools to which you are applying. You can find more information on LSAT test dates and registration deadlines at the Law School Admissions Council website: www.lsac.org
7) What is the LSDAS and do I need to subscribe in order to apply to law school?
The LSDAS is the Law School Data Assembly Service. The LSDAS takes information submitted by applicants, standardizes it, then sends it to law schools selected by the applicant. Most ABA-accredited law schools require that their applicants use the LSDAS. You can find more information on the LSDAS at the Law School Admissions Council website: www.lsac.org
8) How can I get more information about law school, the application process and/or the Pre-Law Professional Program at JBU?
Please contact Dr. James Blankenship (JBlankenship@jbu.edu) with any further questions. He would be happy to meet with you.