Getting into Law School is an extremely difficult task. Further, as the economy stays weak, the number of people applying to law schools will continue to rise, making the competition difficult. Nevertheless, Hastings College has prepared many students for law school. Recent graduates are attending Lewis and Clark Law School, the Willamette College of Law, Hamline University Law School, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Law School and Creighton University. The Pre-Law Committee would like to do everything it can to help you get into law school.
The brief web site will provide advice for people interested in going to law school. It is based on experiences advising students over the last few years, meeting with Deans and Admissions Councilors of law schools, and attending the national Pre-Law advising conference. However, law school admissions is not an exact science. If you are serious, be sure to consult other sources of information about how to handle the law school admissions process.
If you have any questions about the process of getting into law school, whether you are a current student, alumnus/alumna or a prospective student, do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the pre-law committee.
Is law school right for you?
This is a difficult question. The good news is, you have a great deal of time to make the decision. You do not need to do anything special to prepare for law school until your third year in college--and you can apply to law school long after you graduate.
The bad news is it is still a difficult decision. One must realize that lawyers have a certain way of thinking. If you enjoy thinking that way, then law school may be right for you. Try to discover what this way of thinking is by visiting law schools, working in a law firm or reading books about the law. By exposing yourself to this way of thinking, you will at least be in a better position to decide whether to consider law school.
A variety of people on campus would be happy to meet with you to discuss whether law school is right for you. Contact any member of the Pre-Law Committee for assistance.
The Pre-Law Committee:
- Robert Amyot, Assistant Professor of Political Science
- Antje Anderson, Professor of English
- Glenn Avent, Assistant Professor of History
- Kim Graviette, Director of Career Services
- Robert Kettlitz, Professor of Sociology
- Jessica Henry, Professor of Communication Arts