The best preparation for law school is a challenging undergraduate program. Law schools are looking for students with diverse academic backgrounds who can demonstrate analytical thinking, reasoning skills, and writing ability. For information from the ABA on preparing for law school.
There are many ways beyond your undergraduate coursework that can prepare you for law school. Talk with lawyers practicing in a field of interest and ask them what background is helpful. You can gain knowledge and experience before you enter law school by shadowing or seeking internships. Work experience is also a good way of finding out if legal work will suit your personality and interests. Participating in campus or community activities that are meaningful to you may allow an opportunity to examine or try out roles that interest you. Such experience can boost skills (organization, research, public speaking, or working with the public) and build confidence in your decision of whether or not to pursue a legal career. However, it is important to keep your focus on academic coursework and test preparation, as these continue to be the determining factors in law school admission.
Read through the Pre-Law Guide for more information on preparing for law school!
The pre-law advising office collaborates with several offices on campus to offer a wide variety of events for pre-law students, including Junior and Senior class meetings, admitted student panels, alumni talks, workshops, etc.
Law Day is an annual event held each fall semester that brings in ABA-approved law schools from across the country. Representatives look forward to speaking with motivated pre-law students about programs, admissions requirements, and what makes their school unique.
Click here for a full listing of upcoming events.
Pre-Law Student Organizations
Students are encouraged to participate in pre-law student organizations, such as:
HARP 301: Legal Writing & Advocacy Program
Students will complete a rigorous research project on a legislative issue selected by the Instructor. Each student will be assigned to a party on the first day of the summer semester and is expected to defend his or her policy based research paper. Enrollment is contingent on the successful completion of the application and interview and by permission only. Contact Andreina Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pre-Law Advisory Committee
Student voices matter! The Committee's goals are:
1. To enhance student programming and Pre-Law advising offices by brainstorming workshop and event ideas
2. To foster a strong relationship with current pre-law students and the pre-law Advising Office
3. To enhance Pre-law experience at Binghamton University
There are many internships offered through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development that will help prepare you for a career in law.
The Harpur Law Council also offers an internship each summer for students interested in Public Interest Law.
Harpur Edge Distance Mentoring Program
Are you interested in a one-on-one mentoring experience? The Pre-Law Advising Office encourages you to take advantage of the Harpur Edge Distance Mentoring Program. Click here for more information.
Scholarships & Awards
This page lists the scholarships and awards that are available through Binghamton University, SUNY and nationally.
Diversity in Law School
- Racial/Ethnic Minority Applicants
- LGBTQ Applicants
- Council on Legal Education Opportunity
Law School and Employment Trends
- LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools
- ABA Required Disclosures:
- 509 Required Disclosures - Provide detailed information about each year's incoming class at each ABA-accredited law school, including LSAT and GPA quartiles, acceptance rate, race and ethnicity, tuition fees, living expenses, and scholarships, attrition, and transfers.
- Employment Outcomes - Provide information about the employment of each graduating class from each ABA-accredited law school, including types of employment, job requirements, job locations, and the number of graduates still unemployed.
- Bar Passage Outcomes - Provide first-time and ultimate bar passage rates for recent graduates from each ABA-accredited law school.
- Law School Transparency
- National Association for Law Placement
- Equal Justice Works