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Office of Pre-law Advising

Advising

Daralyn Gordon Arata, Esquire
Coordinator, Office of Pre-law Advising                          dga
215 Fairchild Hall
Kansas State University 
Manhattan, KS 66506
darata@k-state.edu 
785-532-3426

The Adviser

Daralyn Gordon Arata, Esquire earned her J.D. degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary in Virginia and her Ll.M. in Taxation from the George Washington University Law School.  She began her legal career in private practice with firms in Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, DC.  After a move to the New York City area, Mrs. Arata became an Executive Director of a non-profit, directing a large capital campaign.  When her husband, Joseph, accepted a position on the faculty of Kansas State University and their family moved to Manhattan, Kansas, she worked for a corporation teaching continuing education for accountants and preparing trust and partnership tax returns.

In 2002, Mrs. Arata was hired as a half-time advisor by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to completely revamp the Kansas State Pre-Law program.  Gradually moving up to .8 FTE at the behest of and with the monetary support of the SGA, Mrs. Arata has continued to improve and expand the program.  In 2008, Mrs. Arata was awarded the Kansas State University Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Advising, the University’s top advising award.  In May of 2014, Pre-Law was moved out of the College of Arts and Sciences into the Provost’s Office, directly under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.  Mrs. Arata’s title was changed to Coordinator, Office of Pre-Law Advising and the program was structured to allow for further growth.

About Pre-Law Advising

Pre-law advising is provided through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Every semester a pre-law orientation is held before enrollment. In addition, students considering law school come to the pre-law office for advising during enrollment, beginning in the freshman year (or as soon as they identify an interest in law study).

The adviser meets with pre-law students in individual conferences each semester, and together they plan a curriculum that takes into account the unique strengths and interests of each individual. Students work closely with the adviser in selecting courses that will enable them to develop the competencies necessary for law study.

They also confer with the adviser individually to select the schools to which they wish to apply or to identify alternatives to a law career. In group meetings they plan application strategies, prepare for the Law School Admissions Test, and formulate goals for law school scholarships and financial aid.

The pre-law office is a resource center providing information about every accredited law program in the country. The office also sponsors group meetings that give supplemental information about preparing for a law career. Each semester, sessions are offered to help students prepare for the Law School Admissions Test. At Pre-law events and in other meetings students have an opportunity to talk with visiting representatives of law schools.

Prospective students are welcome to visit the pre-law office throughout the year.