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Welcome

Congratulations on your interest in applying to law school.  This web site is designed to assist you with learning about the field of law and provide you with the resources necessary to apply to law school.

A law career may provide you with intellectual challenge, emotional and financial rewards and may also be very demanding.  With this in mind, one should not take the decision to attend law school lightly.  So take some time to learn about the field of law, understand what you need to do at the University of Maine in order to be a competitive applicant and develop a plan to move you toward your goal.

This Health and Legal Professions Career Specialist can assist you with:

To get started, you should contact the Health and Legal Professions Career Specialist:


What is “pre-law” at UMaine?

The University of Maine offers nearly 90 baccalaureate degree programs. The excellence of these programs will provide University of Maine students with the necessary skills to succeed and gain admission to any law school in the country.

As a pre-law student, you can major in anything that you choose. Your major should be interesting to you, provide you with a rigorous course load and assist you with developing the skills needed to be a successful lawyer.

Legal Studies Minor, the Department of Political Science

Many pre-law students will choose to declare a Legal Studies Minor.  This program consists of six (18 credits) courses.  The Department of Political Science will sign and process the necessary paperwork for students interested in this minor.

Environmental Pre-Law

For those students interested in environmental law, there is a pre-law concentration within the Environmental Management and Policy degree within the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture.

Pre-Law Folder

All pre-law announcements are posted in the Pre-Law folder located within the Career Center folder on First Class.

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Suggested Courses for Pre-law Students

No particular courses are required of students entering law school. However, it is suggested that students take courses that better prepares them for law school.  These include but are not limited to courses that focus on reading comprehension, analytical thinking and written and oral expression. Although not mentioned below, courses in Economics, Math, and  Sciences are invaluable in developing rigorous analytical reasoning. Finally, mastering a foreign language and computer skills are increasingly necessary to serve a diversed community.

Skills

Eng 205 Introduction to Creative Writing
Eng 206 Descriptive and Narrative Writing
Eng 212 Persuasive and Analytical Writing
Eng 301 Advanced Composition
Eng 307 Writing Fiction
Eng317 Business and Technical Writing
PHI 103 Methods of Reasoning
PHI 250 Formal Logic
Com 257 Business and Professional Communication
Com 347 Argument and Critical Thinking
Com 403 Persuasion and Social Influence

Concerning the Law

POS 282 Introduction to American Law
POS 359 Special Topic: Development of American Law
PHI 244 Philosophy of Law
SOC 214 Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 314 Law and Society

“In” Law

POS 377 International Law
POS 383 American Constitutional Law
POS 384 American Civil Liberties
PAA 410 Local Government Regulation
PAA 405 The Regulatory Process
JMC 375 Mass Media Law and Regulation
BUA 220 The Legal Environment of Business
EES 324 Environmental Protection Law and Policy

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Applying to Law School

LSAT

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized test that is required for admission to all American Bar Association member law schools.  Next to GPA, your score on the LSAT,  is the most important factor in determining what law schools will accept you. Thus it is important, to do well on the exam. Because of its importance in determining law school admissions, it is not an exam that one should take lightly or simply because you are interested in seeing how you do without extensive study.  Once the test is taken, the score becomes permanent for the next five years. This is true even if you take the test a second time.  The law school will receive both scores, and then it is up to the law school to decide whether they will take the higher score, the latter score, or average them.
LSAT prep materials: Please contact the Health and Professions Office for information on discounted review courses.

Kaplan Review Class: http://www.kaptest.com/

Registration

You can register for the LSAT online by visiting http://www.lsac.org

Law School Application Checklist (source: Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Handbook, 4th edition)

Suggested Print Resources from Fogler Library

LSDAS

When applying to law school, you must register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS).  This is a central clearinghouse for gathering and dispersing information to law schools.    To register go to: http://www.lsac.org

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Selecting a Law School

The two most basic criteria for admitting students to law school are your LSAT score and your GPA.  Many students have found the NAPLA Law School Locator to be of assistance when identifying which schools you should consider including on your law school list.  This matrix, developed by Boston College, will help you to identify which schools fall within your range.  Please visit: http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/gradschool/law/lawlocator.html

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Financing Law School

With an average debt is $80,000 nationally (for those who borrowed federal and private loans) financing law school is an important consideration.  There are many loan programs available to assist you with financing your education.  In addition, many law schools will offer institutional aid as well.  For those interested in working in public service or in the public sector, there are loan forgiveness and repayment options.  For more information on these programs, please visit http://www.Equaljusticeworks.org.

The following websites will help you get the answers to your financial aid questions. However, your intended law school is the best source for financial aid information.


OnLine Resources

Key Websites
Videostreams and Podcasts
Learn about the application process, personal statements, financial aid and more!
preLaw Magazine

 

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