Pre-Law

Patricia Proctor, J.D. 
Pre-Law Advisor
Old Main, Room 230L
304-696-2801
Email Ms. Proctor

Pre-Law at Marshall

There is no pre-law major at Marshall. The American Bar Association does not recommend a particular major, and there is no specific major that law schools prefer. You should choose a major that that will help you develop skills that will be valuable to you as a law student and legal practitioner. Any major that enables you to develop skills in analytical thinking and communication, especially writing, is a good pre-law major.

Regardless of the area of concentration, you should also choose electives that will facilitate critical understanding of economic, political, and social institutions. Since a lawyer must be able to communicate effectively, you should also emphasize communication skills — for example, by taking courses that require you to write, construct persuasive arguments and develop your speaking skills.

Prospective law school applicants should:

  • consult as soon as possible, preferably during the first semester, with the Pre-law Advisor – Patricia Proctor – for further information and advice;
  • check out www.lsac.org, the webpage of the Law School Admissions Council, which administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and coordinates the law school application process for most law schools;
  • during the junior year of college (or the year prior to the year they wish to begin law school), register for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); a good time to take the test is June after the junior year, but it is also administered in October, December and February; for the best chance of admission to the school of your choice, students should focus on taking the test in June or October;
  • during the senior year of college, apply for law school admission.  While most law schools also require that students register with the Law School Credentials Assembly Service (LSCAS) and complete the process on-line, you should also check the individual application requirements and timelines of each schools to which you wish to apply.

Important Links 

Law School

Rankings

Legal Resources

LSAT Preparation Materials and Commercial Courses

Additional LSAT Preparation Materials

Free LSAT Prep materials are available at www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/lsat-prep-materials.asp

In addition, the following materials may be purchased through LSAC.org:

  • The Official LSAT Handbook
  • The Official LSAT SuperPrep
  • 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
  • 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests

The following materials may also be useful:

  • Barron’s How to Prepare for the LSAT (Jerry Bobrow, Ph.D.)
  • Examkracker’s LSAT Complete Study Package (David Lynch)
  • Kaplan’s LSAT Premier
  • LSAT for Dummies (Amy Hackney Blackwell)
  • LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible (David M. Killoran)
  • LSAT Logic Games Bible (David M. Killoran)
  • Master the LSAT (Prep Course Series) (Jeff Kolby)

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is a national, pre-law, co-ed fraternity, with the purpose of forming a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement, so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service. Phi Alpha Delta’s motto is “Service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community.”

Phi Alpha Delta is open to all students interested in learning more about law school and the legal profession.