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.

VLS Articulation Agreement with Wilson College

In the summer of 2008, Wilson College entered into an “articulation agreement” or admissions agreement with Vermont Law School (VLS). Under this agreement, Wilson College students will be automatically admitted to VLS so long as they meet the following entrance requirements:

  • At the time of enrollment in VLS, Wilson students will have completed Wilson College’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree (BA or BS).
  • The applicant will have completed a minimum of 20 credits toward the bachelor’s degree in residence at Wilson.
  • The applicant has a cumulative grade point average calculated by the Law School Data Assembly Service that is equal to or exceeds the average grade point average of the first-year JD or MSEL class in residence at VLS.
  • The applicant has a current LSAT score (dated less than four years from the first semester of enrollment at Vermont Law School) that is equal to or exceeds the average LSAT score of the first-year JD class in residence at VLS at the time of the Wilson student’s application to VLS. An equivalent GRE score is accepted for MSEL applicants.
  • The applicant presents two letters of recommendation from Wilson faculty.
  • The applicant’s file contains no evidence of character or fitness concerns that would generally disqualify the applicant from admission into VLS.

Edward Wells, Associate Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies department, was instrumental in bringing about the VLS articulation agreement with Wilson. Professor Wells has been affiliated with VLS in various capacities. Students, prospective students, and alumnae can contact him with more detailed questions about VLS.