What about law school?
For students with their sights set on law school (aiming for a Juris Doctor degree), studying criminal justice is a solid option to get a theoretical foundation and become well versed in the law, especially if you’re interested in a criminal law focus. We’ve put together a few pieces of advice and tasks you will have to complete in order to apply, go to and graduate from law school, and next week, we will begin highlighting a few of these legal careers.
Getting into law school is hard yet rewarding work. Even if you’re only thinking about it, set up a meeting with one of Alvernia’s Pre-law advisors, and they will help ensure you take courses that are most helpful, and get you on the right track for your legal future.
The American Bar Association (ABA) writes, “Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.” The ABA also lists several core skills, values and knowledge that will provide a solid foundation for a legal education:
- Problem Solving
- Critical Reading
- Writing and Editing
- Oral Communication and Listening
- Organization and Management
- Public Service and Promotion of Justice
- Relationship-building and Collaboration
- Background Knowledge
- Exposure to the Law
Joining clubs like Pre-Law club and taking additional courses will also help prepare you for law school. For example, taking a course like Philosophy 230, Introduction to Logic, will help you prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and introduce logical reasoning skills that will help you through school. At Alvernia, you can also pursue a minor in political science, sociology, English or others to expand your knowledge or sharpen your writing skills.
Over the course of your four years, you will need to pursue the best GPA you can and keep your sights on that law school goal. You will be required to take the LSAT the spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC, which organizes the LSAT) offers resources for LSAT prep, a guide for finding the right school for you, and a timeline of the application process.
Law school can lead to incredibly rewarding careers, some you may not have thought about. Next week will start our focus on specific ones.