The Health Careers Committee provides students with access to current information on many health careers. Interested students should contact Eric Dewar (the chair of the Health Careers Committee), during their first semester at Suffolk. A student-run Health Careers Club exists to foster interaction among students with interests in the health careers. Interested students should contact the club through the Department of Biology.
The committee's primary responsibility is to advise students interested in healthcare and to write recommendations for qualified Suffolk University students seeking admission to professional schools. As far as recommendations to such professional schools are concerned, only the Health Careers Committee represents Suffolk University. For further information, contact Eric Dewar (Biology Department).
The admission requirements for medical schools throughout the country are being liberalized, but the changes are not uniform, and the rates of change are not the same. The trend is toward less emphasis on science courses that tend to be repetitious and more upon the humanities and social science subjects. Students are being encouraged to attain in a broad liberal arts background as well as basic education in the sciences, particularly in the might of the overhaul to the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) in 2015.
Nevertheless, nearly all medical colleges still require one year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, one year of biology, one year of English composition, and one year of English literature in pre-medical preparation. Further coursework in Psychology and Sociology is also required for the 'new' MCAT. We also recommend taking Anatomy and Physiology I-II and Biochemistry before the MCAT if feasible.
Catalogues of some medical schools indicate that an applicant can be approved for admission after three years of college work. However, the number of applicants far exceeds the number of students to be admitted. Only students with the strongest academic record, MCAT scores, and promise of success as a doctor are selected.
Most dental schools set as a minimum requirement for admission the inclusion of one year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry, one year of biology, one year of physics, and one year of English composition. We also recommend taking Anatomy and Physiology I-II and Biochemistry before the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) if feasible.
While some dental schools set 60 semester hours as the minimum quantity requirement, the crowded condition of the professional schools allows them to be more selective in their admissions; in practice, students with a bachelor's degree are given preference. The applicant may be required to present himself or herself for an interview before his or her admission status is determined.
The minimum academic requirements for admission to a school of veterinary medicine parallel those of dental and medical schools. However, since there are far fewer veterinary colleges than medical or dental schools, the opportunities are more limited. Consequently, the customary requirement for admission is the completion of the baccalaureate. In addition, most veterinary schools are state universities which give priority for admission to residents of the state.
Veterinary schools require a course in “Animal Husbandry," “Experience on a Farm,” or work in a veterinary clinic as a prerequisite to admission. Suffolk University does not offer these courses, but they may sometimes be obtained at another institution during the summer. Prospective students should apprise themselves of the specific requirements of the various veterinary schools as early in their undergraduate program as possible.
Colleges of optometry, like other professional schools, base their admission standards on the academic records of their applicants. The requirements for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry are not identical. Typically, the requirements include courses in English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology or zoology. Some schools and colleges have varied requirements in psychology, the social sciences, literature, philosophy, and foreign languages.
The pre-optometry requirements for almost all accredited colleges of optometry represent a minimum of two academic years of study. It is recommended that Suffolk University students who plan to study optometry pursue a commonly required freshman year in which they include in their programs the Seminar for Freshmen, First-Year English, Introductory Mathematics, General Biology, and Inorganic Chemistry. In their sophomore year, pre-optometry students should study General Physics, Calculus, Second-Year English, Logic, Speech, and courses from the Humanities or Social Sciences. The student should be acquainted with the requirements of the optometry college he or she expects to attend. Applicants for admission will complete the OAT (Optometry Admission Test) before their application.
Prelaw at Suffolk is a segment of pre-professional advising that assists students in preparing to apply to Law School and careers in the legal field. This includes the application process as well as discussions leading up to preparing for the LSAT, the Law School experience, and alternative legal careers.
Law schools consider a variety of factors in making final decisions on who will be admitted; however, the applicant’s cumulative grade point average and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score are two very important indicators. Law schools also wish to assemble in a given academic year a class of students with diverse backgrounds, so that a healthy learning environment will exist.
Unlike premedical programs which are required for admission to medical schools, the concept of a “Prelaw” program or curriculum is actually a myth, because law schools do not suggest a single curriculum path as an ideal preparation for law school.
Moreover, law schools do not specify what academic major will increase a student’s prospect for admission. Law schools want students who can think, read and write, and who have some understanding of the forces which have shaped human experience and society. Training in analytical reasoning and writing and in oral and written communications will also be beneficial. These attributes can be acquired in any number of college courses in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities as well as business disciplines.
Rigorous, challenging courses that emphasize the above skills are the best preparation for law school and the law school admissions process. Choosing easy courses to inflate one's GPA is not a wise strategy. Such courses will not provide good preparation for the LSAT or law school.
We strive to provide information, promote communication and access to key resources that will aid in supporting our advisees and prelaw advisors. The Suffolk University Prelaw Advising group will continue to update the links and information available on these pages as additional resources are needed or requested.
September – December
- (Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors) Meet with a Pre-law advisor, declare your interest, determine if law school is right for you, and start to think about what type of law would interest you.
- Join a Pre-law society, Phi Alpha Delta, Facebook pre-law groups (New England Pre-law Consortium), Poly Sci/Philosophy/Government/Public Policy, Model UN, etc. and try out for Mock Trial or Debate Team.
February – June or June – October
- Prepare for the LSAT. ◦Take a free practice test to get a baseline. Decide on a target score, determine your prep strategy.
- Do not undertake this lightly, it is an extremely challenging test to score well on and requires 100-150 hours of prep in addition to starting early.
- Research law schools and application deadlines. Find the right law school for you by using LSAC’s searchable online database.
- Register for the LSAT and sign up for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). ◦You need not register for the CAS at the same time you register for the LSAT; however, you should register long before your first law school application deadline.
- Most law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. Taking the test in June or September/October allows for earlier submittal.
- Test date or location changes can be made through your LSAC.org account.
- Obtain your LSAT Admission Ticket.
- Ask registrars to send your official transcripts to LSAC. Request forms available at your LSAC.org account. ◦Allow two weeks from the time of receipt to process your US or Canadian transcripts.
◦Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools located outside the United States, its territories, or Canada require additional processing time.
- Contact your recommenders and evaluators to request your letters/evaluations. ◦Letter of Recommendation forms and information about the Evaluation Service can be found on your LSAC.org account. Requirements will vary by school.
- Allow two weeks from the time of receipt to process your letters of recommendation.
June or October
- Take the LSAT.
- Obtain your LSAT score by e-mail and view your answer sheet, score conversion table, and test book (for disclosed tests only) in your LSAC.org account. ◦E-mail score reporting is free for LSAC online account holders.
- View your Academic Summary Report in your LSAC.org account once all US/Canadian undergraduate transcripts have been summarized.
June – November
- Work on your application. Personal statements will be the most challenging and time consuming. Resumes will require many edits by more than one person.
August – September
- Request catalogues, applications, and financial aid information from target schools.
July – November
- Approach recommenders and secure letters of recommendation. Have them submitted through CAS.
September – December
- Apply to law schools electronically right from your LSAC.org account (to US member law schools only). Schools will then request your CAS law school report from LSAC.
- Order LSAC Law School Reports online. ◦Use your LSAC.org account to verify that your reports were sent to the law schools to which you applied. Check your file status through your LSAC.org account.
- Visit Law School campuses, attend information events and seminars
January – April
- File FAFSA and other financial aid applications, with or without offers from schools.
April – June
- Pay your seat deposit on time for your accepted school.
June – August
- Consider a 1L prep course to be prepared as possible.
LSAT Test Dates (2012)
- Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:30 AM
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:30 AM
- Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:30 AM
- Monday, December 3, 2012 8:30 AM
The following is a list of Prelaw Advisors by academic department for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School:
Professor Allan Tow
STL 10th floor
Professor Eric Bellone
STL 10th floor
Prof. Graham Kelder
Dr. Lisa Celovsky
Dr. Robert Allison
Dr. Yvonne Wells
D 6th Floor
Dr. Donald Morton
STL 5th Floor
Sawyer Business School
Professor Anthony Eonas
STL 10th Floor
STL 12th Floor
STL 12th Floor
Six-Year Bachelor's/Law Degree
A select number of outstanding Suffolk undergraduates may gain early admission to the Law School at the end of junior year. Such students are able to earn the combined bachelor's degree and the Juris Doctor degree in six years instead of the customary seven. The bachelor's degree is awarded after the successful completion of the first full year of law study. Only Suffolk students with distinctly superior records and LSAT scores can expect to qualify for early admissions and combined degrees. Students interested in applying to the six year program should be planning their academic program accordingly beginning freshmen year.
- Undergraduates who seek early admission to Suffolk University Law School must complete the following undergraduate requirements to have their application considered:
- Declare their interest to their prelaw advisor during their freshman year
- Sawyer Business School students: A minimum of 94 Suffolk semester hours toward the bachelor's degree including ALL degree requirements other than Free Elective credits
- College of Arts & Sciences students: A minimum of 96 Suffolk semester hours toward the bachelor's degree including ALL degree requirements other than Free Elective credits
- Credit earned at other colleges or through the CLEP test may not be counted toward the minimum Suffolk undergraduate credit requirement
- A letter from the Dean of the College or Business school confirming that the student’s undergraduate requirements (other than free electives) will be complete by the end of their junior year.
Applicants for admission under this program should follow the normal application procedure, indicating on the application form that they are applying for admission under the Six-Year Program. The Law School Admission Committee will make a decision according to regular application timelines and procedures and only after it receives a completed application. Students who are accepted and enrolled in the Six-Year Program shall pay Law School tuition upon matriculation into the Law School.
Inquiries from prospective Suffolk students concerning the Six-Year Program should be addressed to the Director of Admissions of the University.
Inquiries from current Suffolk students should be directed to the appropriate prelaw advisor.