Pre-Law Advising Program0110 Hornbake Library, 301-405-2793
The Pre-Law Advising Office within Letters and Sciences serves all current and former students at the University of Maryland interested in pursuing law school and careers in law. The program provides students with law school planning, including individual and group advising, career preparation workshops, admission information, and much more. While law schools do not require, favor, or prefer specific majors, the pre-law advisor can provide guidance concerning the choice of major. Pre-law does not serve as an undergraduate major, nor does the program require completion of a specific academic curriculum.
Four-Year Baccalaureate Program
Most law schools require applicants to have received a Bachelor's degree prior to law school enrollment. A wide variety of majors give students an excellent foundation for law school. The student should select a major and plan an undergraduate experience in which they will be successful and helps them acquire skills that are essential in preparing to perform well on the LSAT, in law school, and ultimately as a lawyer. These skills include imaginative and coherent thinking, critical reasoning, accurate and perceptive reading, and a strong command of the spoken and written language, including grammar.
In some cases, law schools will consider truly outstanding applicants with only three years of academic work, as described below. Law schools do not require the completion of prerequisite courses for admission, but they do require that the student follow one of the standard academic majors offered at the student's undergraduate institution. The LSAT is offered four times per calendar year and is required of all applicants. More information on the LSAT and related admissions material may be found at www.lsac.org .
Three-Year Arts/Law Degree
This program is only available with the University of Baltimore Law School and may not be an appropriate choice for all students. Students who consider this program should contact the pre-law advisor for more information or view the website, at www.prelaw.umd.edu .