The Pre-Law program at CBU offers several opportunities for students who plan on attending law school. First, you can receive advising on how to best pursue law school. The information you collect in such advising appointments range from advice on choosing a major to choosing specific classes. The pre-law advisor also helps you with the application process toward law school, which includes preparing for the LSAT, and writing the personal statement. In addition, you can participate in a pre-law club that meets monthly. Through this club students participate in a variety of pre-law programs, such as visiting law schools and hosting guest speakers like lawyers and law students. The pre-law advisor encourages students to make contact with the pre-law program early in their college career so they can receive the most advantages from the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE PRE-LAW PROGRAM?
At CBU, it is an advising program for students in all majors who intend to apply to law school.
WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN THINKING ABOUT LAW SCHOOL?
If you are just beginning your course of studies here, remember that it will be at least 3 years before you take the Law School Admissions Test and 4 years before you enter law school. Therefore, during your freshman and sophomore years, concentrate on making high grades in courses that emphasize comprehensive and critical thinking. Give more serious consideration to law school in your junior year.
BUT ISN'T THAT TOO LATE?
No. By your 5th semester many of you will have changed your minds about attending law school because: (1) your grades are too low to qualify for admission, or (2) you have decided on another career.
HOW HIGH SHOULD MY GRADE POINT AVERAGE BE?
You need to make A's and B's and very few C's. You will need at least a 3.2 grade point average and a score of 153 or higher out of a possible 180 points on the LSAT to qualify for admission to most law schools. In order to attend an excellent law school, you will need at least a 3.5 average and a score of 162 or higher on the LSAT.
CAN I MAJOR IN PRE-LAW AT CBU?
No. Law schools do not require a pre-law major or minor.
ARE THERE ANY SUGGESTIONS TO HELP ME CHOOSE A MAJOR?
Your major should be intellectually challenging and stress critical and analytical thinking, logic, reading, writing, and research skills. An understanding of our historical heritage, political institutions, the complexities of human society, a command of all types of communication skills are extremely important. A number of law school personnel believe these goals are best achieved through the study of History, Political Science, English, Literature, Philosophy, and Economics. No major at CBU, however, will prevent you from attending law school.
ARE THERE PRE-LAW ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS?
Yes. We have an active pre-law club. Past activities have included field trips to the University of Memphis Law School, guest speakers, video presentations, and social gatherings.
HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE CBU STUDENTS IN TERMS OF BEING ACCEPTED INTO LAW SCHOOL?
Students who work with the pre-law advisor are very successful; those who do not are less so. The advisor has information on every accredited law school in the United States and can help you choose those appropriate to your needs and abilities.
WHO IS CBU'S PRE-LAW ADVISOR?
Our pre-law advisor is Dr. Karl Leib, Department of History and Political Science, Barry Hall 227. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and his office telephone number is (901) 321-3337. For more information, e-mail Dr. Karl Leib at email@example.com