The pre-law program at St. Mary’s offers advising and other services.
In the underclass years, a student may find it helpful to discuss a possible career in law, and a senior may wish to consult an adviser about which admission offer to accept. Faculty advisers and professional career advisers together with student leaders work to provide a program of pre-law advising activities, in addition to meeting individually with students.
- MentorNet — an online directory of alumni who are willing to answer career-related questions and provide “job shadowing” opportunities.
- A faculty pre-law adviser maintains a list of alumni currently attending law school who have offered to discuss the law school application process and the first year of law school with prospective law students.
- A student-run organization, PLAN (Pre-Law Advisory Network), sponsors speakers and forums on law schools and the law school admissions process.
- Copies of past LSATs are available at the Career Development Center, and practice exams are administered under simulated conditions several times per year.
Students who think they may have an interest in attending law school after St. Mary’s should consult a pre-law adviser as early as possible to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the College. At the latest, these students should plan to meet with a pre-law adviser in the spring of their junior year to discuss when to take the LSAT, what law schools to consider applying to, whom to ask for letters of recommendation, how to construct a personal statement, and, in general, how to schedule the time-consuming process of law school application.
For more information, contact the Career Development Center or the chief faculty pre-law adviser, Susan Grogan, Department of Political Science (in Kent Hall).