UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science


Gwyn Wallander, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Academic Services, Pre-Law Advisor, HLT 114, (414) 229-6017, gwyn@uwm.edu

Unlike other pre-professional programs, there is no specific curriculum or set of courses required of pre-law students. The law relates to many aspects of human activity, and law schools look for diversity in the educational background of their students. However, some broad generalizations can be made about the most desirable kind of pre-law training.

Students should develop a high degree of competence in reading and writing the English language and in the skills of critical analysis and logical reasoning. Courses in literature, composition, communication, mathematics, and philosophy are obvious components in a rigorous pre-law curriculum. Pre-law students also should obtain a sound grounding in the economic, social, and political institutions of the United States, and an introductory course in accounting may strengthen their application to some law schools. It should be noted that these general guidelines are not intended to suggest or dictate the choice of academic major; that choice should emerge from the student's own field of interest.

Virtually all law schools require that applicants take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), given four times yearly, usually during the months of June, October, December, and February. Information about and applications for this test may be obtained from the pre-law advisor or from any law school. Ideally, the LSAT should be taken in June or October, one year prior to the fall of intended admission. December is the latest date the LSAT can be taken for meeting admission application deadlines, which may be as early as January 15.

Two factors play primary roles in determining admission to law schools: academic performance as measured by the grade point average and score on the LSAT. The quality and rigor of the undergraduate program also will be considered. Minority group students are encouraged to see the pre-law advisor about making application to the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) summer institutes.

Information on application procedures and the Law School Admission Test may be obtained from the pre-law advisor in Letters and Science advising. Law school bulletins and other publications are available for reference.

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