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.