Pre-Law at Cottey
Cottey College Pre-law Advising Information
If you are planning to attend law school, use your time at Cottey to help you prepare. Cottey’s curriculum is well suited to provide you with a strong foundation for studying law.
GPA: 3.0 minimum, but 3.5 or higher is better.
Beginning in your freshman year, maintain a strong grade point average. To have a reasonable chance of being accepted to law school you will need a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, in combination with a good score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), an effective personal statement, and strong letters of recommendation.
Major: It does not matter which major you choose.
The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any particular major before attending law school. Some students opt for majors traditionally associated with preparation for law school, including Business, English, History, and International Relations. It is just as acceptable to major in fields such as Criminology, Environmental Studies, Organizational Leadership, Health Sciences, Psychology, or Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. What matters most is that you choose a major that interests and challenges you and that you will excel in. For more information go to the pre-law section of the American Bar Association’s website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/pre_law.
Courses: Take demanding courses that develop vital skills and provide critical background knowledge.
The American Bar Association does not recommend a specific group of courses prior to attending law school. It does advise taking classes that develop the following skills and that increase your knowledge in the following areas.
- writing, revising, and responding to constructive criticism
- reading comprehension, especially of lengthy, challenging texts (e.g., anthropology, economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science)
- library research and the analysis and synthesis of findings in substantial written projects
- public speaking, careful listening, and collaboration
- problem-solving, including the critical examination of current events and ethical issues that help you clarify your beliefs and help you tolerate differences of opinion and criticism
- organization and management of a large amount of information (e.g., capstone project)
- history, particularly that of the US, but also of other countries and regions
- political thought and government, particularly that of the US
- basic math and finance
- human behavior and social interaction
- diverse cultures, global issues, and international institutions
Experience: In and beyond the classroom find ways to gain experiences that will help you in law school.
The ABA encourages students to gain exposure to the legal profession through internships and shadowing or mentoring opportunities with lawyers. These experiences can help you decide if a career in law is right for you and might help set you apart from other applicants to law school. In addition, consider activities that demonstrate your concern for others and your ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team, such as involvement in community service or social justice causes.