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Preparing for Law School

If you are considering law school after completion of your bachelor's degree, you should begin by exploring the field of law. There are multiple ways for students to explore the field of law. Below is a list of some of the ways to go about discovering the field of law:

  • Talk with the political science pre-law advisor
  • Research and read about the legal profession
  • Join pre-law student organizations
  • Shadow attorneys in different areas of law
  • Attend workshops and panels for pre-law students
  • Pursuing law-related internships
  • Talk with Law school representatives and attending law school events
  • Talk with currently enrolled law students
  • Participate in law school summer enrichment programs

While exploring law, pre-law students should also choose a major of interest to study. While there is no single required or “right” undergraduate major for pre-law students, political science offers a unique opportunity to pursue the kind of education that prepares one for law school. The study of political science fosters the skills that law schools emphasize as the essential preparation for legal studies: clarity in written and oral communication, an understanding of human nature and of our governing institutions, and creative and critical thinking. Moreover, UNO’s Department of Political Science offers a concentration in Law and the Courts, which provides students the opportunity to take a series of courses exploring issues in law and introducing some of the questions and arguments that are studied in greater depth in law school.