FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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YEAR 1

How do I join the Wellesley Pre-Law Society?
Membership is open to all Wellesley College students. Email wellesleyprelawsociety@gmail.com with the subject line "Membership Request" through your wellesley.edu email. You will then be added to our mailing list. General membership meeting dates will be announced through the mailing list, as well as posted on our "Events" page here.

What resources are available to me on-campus?
Wellesley College and the Pre-Law Society offers numerous law-related resources to the student body. Check the Career Education website for more information on internships, fellowships, and civic engagement. The Wellesley Lawyers Network is available to Wellesley candidates through the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. This group offers tremendous networking opportunities with Wellesley alumnae lawyers. For more resources, click here.

What classes should I take?
Although there are no required courses for law school entrance, any class that emphasizes reading, writing, and critical thinking will be valuable for a legal career. Here are some examples of law-related courses offered by Wellesley:

  • CLCV 243: Roman Law
  • ES/POL 325: International Environmental Law
  • PHIL 216: Logic
  • PHIL 226: Philosophy of Law
  • POL 247: Constitutional Law
  • POL 324: Gender and Law
  • PSYC 330: Psychology of Law

 

YEAR 2

What should I major in if I am interested in applying to law school?

Law schools do not specify particular major fields of study for admission. You should seek to gain skills in analysis and reasoning, effective writing and speaking, and breadth of understanding of the diverse factors that make up the community in which the legal system functions. These competencies can be developed in any field in which the student chooses to major, whether in the social sciences, the humanities, or the natural sciences.

How do I join the Pre-Law Society Executive Board?
The Wellesley College Pre-Law Society holds elections at the end of every spring semester. To apply, you must be a member of the Pre-Law Society for at least one semester. Other eligibility requirements may apply depending on the position you are interested in. These requirements are specified in the annual elections email sent out to all Pre-Law Society members in the Google Group. To join the Google Group, please sign-up on the "Contact" tab here.

How do I contact the Pre-Law Advisors?
Political Science Professor Tom Burke (tburke@wellesley.edu), Professor Nancy Sherer (nscherer@wellesley.edu), and  the new Government, Law, and International Affairs Advisor Emma Cutrufello (ecutrufe@wellesley.edu) are all reachable through email. To schedule an appointment with Emma Cutrufello or the Career Service, click here.

 

YEAR 3

When should I take the LSAT?
Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. Taking the test earlier, however, in June or September, is often advised.

How should I study for the LSAT?
The best way is to take sample tests and familiarize yourself with test-taking tips and strategies over a long period of time. These are LSAT test preparation materials sponsored by the LSAC. Many other publishers, however, also provide test preparation books. Some students also choose to attend online or in-person LSAT tutoring.

Should I take the LSAT more than once?
If you believe your score will drastically improve the next time you take it, then it doesn't hurt to retake the LSAT. Studies have shown, however, that LSAT scores tend not to dramatically improve over a short period of time. Therefore, it's best to study as much as you can the first time through.

How do I get in touch with Wellesley Alum Lawyers?
There are various ways to connect with Wellesley alumnae who practice law. This page details the two most convenient routes: LinkedIn and Facebook. You should also attend our Tea with a Lawyer event hosted every semester. We bring a diverse panel of Wellesley alumnae who are attorneys and law school students to speak about their experiences in the professional and academic world.

 

YEAR 4

When should I begin my law school applications?
After receiving your LSAT score, you can begin writing your personal statement. If you plan on applying to law school during your senior year, it may be best to start planning over the summer, although you can send in your application on a rolling basis until the following winter. In terms of letters of recommendation, however, it's important to give your references an ample amount of time to write and send in materials. Every law school applicant has her own track, so it may be best to consult with the Government, Law, and International Affairs Advisor Emma Cutrufello (ecutrufe@wellesley.edu).

Should I take a gap year?
This is a personal choice for each applicant. If you're unsure of law school, want to gain work experience, or simply prefer to take time off after your undergraduate education, then taking a gap year is likely the right decision. If you're confident about law school, however, then taking a gap year may not be necessary.

What are the admissions factors for law schools?

  • GPA
  • LSAT
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement

Is law school right for me?
This is a question you should ask yourself before applying to law school. Law school is a huge time commitment, financially and time-wise, so interested applicants should try to gain some work experience in the legal field before going through the process. Work experience can include internships, job-shadowing, or a full-time position.