“The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.”
-Justice Oliver W. Holmes
So how do you begin to prepare for a life in law? Preparing as an undergraduate can mean different things for different students. There is no required major, or course of study, that will best prepare you for success in law school or as a practicing attorney. But a judicious approach to the study of law now can provide experiences and build skills that are valued both in law students and attorneys: clear and persuasive communication, both in writing and in oral argument; strong analytical reading and writing skills; pragmatic and purposeful problem-solving; coalition building and leadership.
The information provided below can be an excellent starting point for thoughtful law school preparation. However, these are only guideposts and suggestions, not a required curriculum. And please note that much of the process depends on you: majoring in a subject you love to read, write and talk about; taking courses that best suit you and your goals; creating experiences in and out of the classroom that will prepare you for law school and beyond; and of course, achieving your best GPA and doing well on the LSAT exam.
The links below are intended to help you through the process of considering and applying for Law School. It is also strongly recommended that you attend a pre-law workshop (see the schedule to the right) and then make an appointment via email with Vanderbilt’s pre-law adviser, Professor Carrie Russell, JD, PhD, for individually tailored assistance.
- Pre Law information for Freshmen and Sophomores
- Pre Law information for Juniors and Seniors
- Suggested Undergraduate Courses
- Selecting a Law School
- The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Sign up for the Pre-Law listserv
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also visit list.vanderbilt.edu and search for PRELAW.