Pre-Law Advising Guide

Pre-Law Advising

Our goal is to help Wilson students and alumnae prepare for law school and guide them through the admissions process. Wilson College provides excellent preparation for any student wishing to attend law school. Its strong liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on writing and speaking is highly valued by law schools. Wilson students have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the college’s admissions agreement with Vermont Law School. Under this agreement, Vermont Law School will automatically admit any Wilson student to its JD, MSEL or joint JD/MSEL programs so long as the student meets a reasonable set of criteria. This is a very exciting and distinctive opportunity for our student body! Check out the Vermont Law School Wilson College Agreement tab below. There is no pre-determined major or course of study law school applicants need to pursue in order to be successful. While law schools do consider the academic rigor of your chosen course of study, they view majors equally, from Veterinary Medical Technology to English to Political Science. Any of Wilson’s broad range of majors, and the academic rigor required therein, will help students gain the skills they need to succeed in the legal profession. If you are a prospective Wilson student, you are encouraged to email the pre-law advisor with any questions you may have about Wilson’s pre-law advising program. If you are a Wilson student or alumna who is planning to attend law school, please email the pre-law advisor to set up an appointment to discuss your future plans. The following links will be useful to students throughout the pre-law advising process. Issues and questions addressed include: Is law school right for me? What should I be doing to prepare for law school? Are there any classes I should take? What is the timeline for the application process? Are grades and LSAT scores the only criteria that matter in admissions? What’s a personal statement and what are law schools looking for? How should I go about getting letters of recommendation? How should I decide where to apply? Wilson College values personalized, one-on-one advising between faculty and students. This personalized advising is certainly available to you throughout the pre-law advising process, and we encourage you to take advantage of it.

Are There Particular Courses I Should Take to Prepare for Law School?

The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any particular major or group of courses to prepare for a legal education and Wilson does not have a specified pre-law curriculum. Rather, students should pursue a rigorous course of study that interests and challenges them. However, the ABA states that there are bodies of knowledge that students can acquire prior to law school that will provide a sound foundation for a legal education. These include analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, general research skills, task organization and management skills, and the values of serving others while promoting justice. The ABA recommends that individuals interested in pursuing a legal education should seek educational, extracurricular and life experiences that will assist them in developing these attributes. There are many courses at Wilson that are designed to hone these skills. The following is a partial and not exhaustive list of such courses. But please keep in mind that none of these is actually required to get into law school and that Wilson does not offer a pre-law major

 BUS 124  Introduction to Management

BUS 225   Business Law

BUS 260   Business Leadership & Service

ECO 101   Introduction to Macroeconomics

ECO 102   Introduction to Microeconomics

ECO 303   International Economics

ENG 101   Written Communication

ENG 108   College Writing

ENG 112   Business Writing

ENG 210   Advanced Exposition

ENG 212   Technical Writing

ENV 204   Environmental Policy

ENV 217   Environmental Stewardship

IS 370     International Law

MCM 110  Effective Speaking

MCM 120  Interpersonal Communications

MCM 303   Media Law and Ethics

PHI 121    Ethics

PHI 207   Private Values and Public Policy

PHI 209    Ethical Issues Today

PHI 220    Environmental Ethics

PHI 222    Logic

PHI 226    Business Ethics

PS 120     American Government 

PS 204     Intro to Law

PS 310     Women, Minorities & Law

PS 318     Constitutional Law

SOC 120  Intro to Sociology

SOC 225  Social Problems/Inequalities

SOC 230  Deviance & Criminal Justice

SOC 234  Conflict Resolution

THE 100  Techniques of Acting I