Pre-law Advising 

Kansas State University
215 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1113

 

785-532-3426

General Recommendations

  • There is no one "right" major for law school. Major in the area(s) that interests you. You're more likely to do well and have the grades and passion for learning that law schools look for.
  • Meet with each of your advisers at least once a semester.
  • Create a balance in your academic life -- challenge yourself in your selection of courses and in the number of hours you take, but don't go overboard.
  • Seek breadth in your academic curriculum by taking courses outside your field. Your adviser can help with this.
  • Take courses and other opportunities to develop your writing skills. You'll be doing a lot of writing in law school.
  • Strive for a high GPA, but not by taking only "easy" classes.
  • Get involved on campus or in the community in groups that interest you. A list of campus groups can be found in the Student Activities Office in the Union.
  • Consider studying abroad. Short and long term programs are available through the Office of International Programs in Fairchild.
  • Look into the possibility of doing an internship. Career and Employment Services in Holtz Hall has great access to such opportunities.
  • Begin preparing for the LSAT well in advance.
  • Take the mock LSAT when it is offered. KSU offers a mock LSAT once a semester to help give students a feel for the real test.
  • Begin doing readings related to law. There's a list of such books in the pre-law office.
  • Consider alternatives to law school or additions (eg. a dual degree) such as MBA, MPP, MPA, or MA.
  • Visit law schools when you have the chance. If you're in a city that has a law school during your vacations or for other purposes, stop in and ask to sit in on a class, talk to students or see the people in admissions to get a feel for the school. Even if you are not considering that particular school, the visit will give you a comparative base.
  • Get to know your professors and advisers. They can be a resource for readings, classes, community/campus opportunities, and even internships or jobs. Also, they'll be writing letters of recommendation for you some day!
  • Take advantage of campus cultural and academic opportunities. Check the Collegian bulletin daily and check campus bulletin boards for information about speakers, conferences, workshops, volunteer opportunities and music and art events. Also, check online for news and events.
  • Plan ahead and don't procrastinate!