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Graduate & Law School: Freshman Year

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Preparing for Law School as an Undergraduate

What to do your Freshman year:

  1. Make an appointment with the Pre-Law Advisor (Dean Fernandez).
  2. Take Core courses.
  3. Take courses that interest you - do not take courses just because you think they are related to a particular profession. You will do better in courses you are truly interested in.
  4. Get involved in extracurricular activities. Law schools want to see involvement outside of class and evidence of the varied talents you have beyond academics. Focus on a small number of organizations rather than many. Lay the foundation to be able to obtain leadership status.
  5. Get to know your faculty members. Reach out, go to office hours, ask questions in class and/or after class.
  6. Work hard. your GPA is 50% of your law school application.
Dean Stephanie Fernandez
Assistant Dean of Freshmen
Director of Academic Advising
Alumni Hall, 2nd Floor