Explore Law School

Is law right for me?

If you are thinking about going to law school, there are resources available to help you explore the law profession. Educational, extra-curricular, and life experiences will help you develop the skills, values, knowledge, and experience that you can acquire prior to law school that will provide you a solid foundation for a legal education. Exploration of law is crucial to laying a foundation on which to begin your law school preparation. You can go to the American Bar Association [http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal-education/resources/pre_law.html] for more information.

Volunteer during your off track to work in settings where public service and the promotion of justice is valued. These extra-curricular activities solidify your interest in law and are resume-worthy.

Conduct an informational interview by talking with legal professionals about their careers and ask questions that will help you determine if this career path is right for you.

Choose a mentor that can help you understand what it is to be a lawyer. Examples of mentors are faculty who have their juris doctorate [JD] in law, recent law school graduates, students attending law school, and practicing lawyers. Building a relationship with a pre law mentor is one of the most recommended ways to understand what it means to be a lawyer today, and the current changes and trends happening in the profession.

Attend law school forums and events to meet with law school representatives to learn about their school. These events are hosted in different regions during the year. Go here [http://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/forums-and-other-events] to learn more.

Take pre law courses at BYU-Idaho to give you a basic understanding of the judicial system and legal careers. Although there is no pre law program at BYU-Idaho, there are courses that can both help you prepare for the LSAT and be successful in law school. Contact the College of Language & Letters Academic Discovery Center for course planning help in 269 Smith.

Choose a major you can succeed in. Although there is no single major that will prepare you for a legal education here at BYU-Idaho, you should select a major that will support your interests and skills, as well as help you get a great GPA. Courses that focus on problem solving, critical reading, writing, research, communication, management, public service, promotion of justice, and relationship-building and collaboration can help build a foundation for the study of law. Pre law students are typically interested in courses in history, political thought, human behavior, and diverse cultures.

Become a member of the Pre-Law Society to learn more about law and to develop leadership. Go to http://www.byui.edu/societies to learn more about societies.

Make an appointment to visit with a pre law advisor. Call the College of Language & Letters Academic Discovery Center at 208-496-9860 to make an appointment.