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Preparing for Law School?

  • Study what interests you. You can explore a range of majors and minors here at UWT!
  • If you are a pre-major, talk with your academic adviser to explore your areas of interest and consider what majors/minors/courses may be a good fit: contact University Academic Advising
  • If you are a pre-major, talk with your academic adviser to explore your areas of interest and consider what majors/minors/courses may be a good fit: contact University Academic Advising.
  • Take courses that involve a lot of reading, writing, research and critical thinking

Core skills, values, knowledge and experience

you will need for law school according to the American Bar Association are:

  • Problem Solving 
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing and Editing
  • Oral Communication and Listening
  • Research
  • Organization and Management
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice
  • Relationship-building and Collaboration; Background Knowledge
  • Exposure to the Law

Law involves substantial reading, writing and research, and much of a lawyer’s time, as well as a law student’s, is spent in a library.  If you need advice on which specific courses are able to provide these skills and other relevant skills, talk to your academic adviser.


Maintain a good GPA

  • Having a strong GPA is important when applying to law school. Make sure you have a well-balanced schedule that allows you to achieve and maintain a good GPA.  Pay attention to your grading options, and watch out for grading options that result in S or NS rather than traditional grading.
  • Take classes - including internships - that you are passionate about
  • This can be anything you find to be interesting; and this can likely help you achieve a good GPA.
  • Consider what legal field you want to study/learn more about and take some classes in these disciplines.

See our list of law-related courses. But remember, there is no “right” major for Law School. The list suggests classes you could possibly take or explore to learn more about that field.