Planning a Career in Law
Talented students across the nation find careers in law attractive. Since ancient time, law has always been a reflection of the values, experiences, and hopes of a people. The intellectual, strategic and human challenges which attorneys confront in their profession make law an interesting and rewarding profession. Many lawyers enter private practice after graduation but other opportunities are available. Some choose to work for government agencies, private industries, businesses, corporations, or service organizations. Others choose to concentrate on one of the numerous areas of specialization such as international, corporate, contract, copyright, criminal, environmental and labor law.
Factors in Admission to Law School
It is precisely at this point that Georgia College can best serve you as an aspiring lawyer. We have a long tradition of providing superior preparation for preprofessional students, including prelaw students. First, you will be advised to complete the Core Curriculum early in their academic program. You should consult regularly with their department advisers and follow their advice concerning Core requirements.
Since law schools do not require any specific undergraduate major, as prelaw student, you have many options available to you at the preprofessional level of their training. A course of study in prelaw is compatible with a wide variety of majors and minors. You may choose to specialize in any particular area of interest.
However, since admission to law schools is highly competitive, you should choose majors and minors in fields of study that are personally fulfilling. Naturally, these are courses where you are likely to be most successful and make the best grades. Some of the courses that you select should demonstrate a willingness and ability to do the demanding, precise work required by law schools. Such courses include those in foreign language, math, statistics, computer science, and accounting.
- Undergraduate grades
- Performance on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- Letters of recommendation.
No matter how strong the recommendations, they cannot overcome poor grades or low LSAT scores. This means that each student's academic performance is the key that opens the door to law school and to a subsequent career in law. The LSAT should be taken in June of the student's junior year or September-October of the senior year. Applications to law schools should be submitted by December of the senior year, although many law schools accept them later.
Most prelaw students at Georgia College major in political science, philosophy, or business administration. However, music education majors, biology, English, history, psychology, and economics majors have all done well in law school after graduating from Georgia College.
Which ever academic program you chose, you should focus on a curriculum that will develop your critical thinking skills. Likewise, a prelaw adviser and major specific advisor is always available to you in the selection of courses and to provide counseling and advice on law school admission requirements.
If you are eligible to participate in the Honors and Scholars Program, you should take advantage of this opportunity. The small group settings of the honors courses foster stimulating discussion with other honors students as well as with some of the University's most outstanding faculty. This experience enhances your critical thinking skills and teaches you to use logic and sound reasoning in addressing issues and questions. These are the tools that will enable you to perform well on the LSAT.
At Georgia College, departmental faculty and academic advisers, as well as the prelaw adviser, invest time in getting to know you. Thus, when you apply to law schools, your advisers can write letters of recommendation which speak specifically to the capabilities that law schools seek: research skills, clarity of written and oral expression, broad understanding of Western institutions and values, and overall academic excellence.
Georgia College graduates are generous in their praise of their undergraduate preparation. Not only do they report that they were well prepared for admission to the law school of their choice, they were also prepared to compete successfully with graduates from other colleges and universities. With about 6,000 students, Georgia College is just big enough to offer academic stability and quality programs and facilities, yet small enough that each prelaw student gets close and detailed personal attention to his or her academic career needs. This translates into an especially high rate of success in gaining admission to law school.