Law Schools each year accept applicants from every undergraduate major or program of study. Courses in math and the natural sciences provide excellent avenues to a law school education, as do those in the humanities and social sciences. The Political Science Department offers a Pre-Law concentration and the Business School has a Legal Studies second major.
Law schools encourage students to gain proficiency in the three basic areas:
- Effectiveness in the comprehension and the use of language;
- In-depth understanding of human institutions and values;
- Creative power in thinking
The Pre-Law Advisor, and the student's academic advisor can assist students to make course selections which will maximize their exposure to these three areas.
Virtually all law schools require the Law School Admissions Test. (LSAT) This test is administered four times a year at locations throughout the country. Students are encouraged to take the test in June after their junior year or October of their senior year. LSAT booklets and other information about the LSAT can be found online at the LSAC website and in the Department of Political Science office, 503 College Hall. You are also encouraged to search the Law School Admissions Council website for information regarding scores, grades, tuition, and the quality of life at law schools you are considering.
The Pre-Law advisor takes no position on the use of preparation courses such as Kaplan's or the Princeton Review. Students are urged to determine the costs and benefits of these programs for themselves.
The 3-3 Early Admissions Law Program
Exceptional students might wish to consider Duquesne University's 3-3 Early Admissions Law Program. This program allows students to complete BA or BS and JD degrees in six years, rather than the normal seven, as a Duquesne undergraduate and law student Speak to the Pre-Law Advisor or your academic advisor for more details.
For more information please visit Duquesne's School of Law.
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