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Freshman prelaw students should generally meet with their assigned Academic Advisor regarding basic preparation for law school. 

    At this stage in your career, they will provide great advice on how to prepare for admission to law school.        

Basic Prelaw Information:

Think you can’t make it??  Think again.  Below are the most recently released law school admission rates for IU seniors.  Note our success rate compared to the national average for the same year:


2015-16:  93.2% (nationally 75.6% --  IU +17.6%)

2014-15:  96%    (nationally 77.6% --  IU +18.4%)
2013-14:  95%     (nationally 78%   --  IU +17%)
2012-13:  94%     (nationally 77%   --  IU +16.7%)
2011-12:  98.3%  (nationally 74.6% --  IU +23.7%)


As you can see, for anyone who is committed to a career in law  --  there has NEVER been a better time to apply!  This situation is not likely to change soon. 

 

Tips for Freshman and others new to Prelaw: 

 

A good beginning is essential:  Your first and by far most important priority is to do well in your courses!  That's it.  Make sure you have established good study habits before you get too involved in extra-curricular activities. 


Wondering which major "looks best" to law schools?  It's the one you are most passionate about and the one in which you can get the highest GPA. 
It need not have ANY connection to "law".  The simple fact is that your major per se is a very marginal factor in the law school admissions process, if it is considered at all.  On the other hand, your GPA in WHATEVER major is very important!  [In addition, be aware that most law schools put more emphasis on your LSAT score than your GPA.]  Majors in Math, Science, Business, Music, Public Health, Education, Nursing, Social Work, International or Global Studies, Media Studies, Informatics, SPEA, and other "non-intuitive" prelaw majors do extemely well in the admissions process. It is decidedly NOT an advantage to major in Political Science or Criminal Justice or any other major you might think of as traditionally "prelaw".  These are absolutely fine majors, and if they appeal to you--great!  But if you'd rather major in something else--also great!  Do it without fear or hesitation!Law schools value diversity in the largest sense, and this includes diversity of majors. 

If you have not yet decided on a major, no problem!  You'll have at least all of freshman year to work with your academic advisor to find a major that you enjoy, and one in which you will do your VERY BEST (and these two factors are often related).  Click HERE for more information on majors for prelaw students.  One caveat:  if your major does not involve much reading and/or writing, pick electives that do.

See HPPLC's document containing advice from the ABA and several excellent law schools, including Maurer, on how best to structure your undergraduate education to prepare for admission to and success in law school--we think you may be surprised!:  "Expert Advice on Undergraduate Preparation for Law School"