Pre-Law 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 Law School Admissions Council – http://www.lsac.org/ National Association of Law Placement (legal careers) http://www.nalp.org/ “Is Law School Right for You?” (Baylor Law): https://www.baylor.edu/law/doc.php/298054.pdf Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors http://www.napla.org/ Pre-law Hieros Gamos (law school list) – http://www.hg.org/schools.html American Bar Association – http://www.americanbar.org/ Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools – https://officialguide.lsac.org/release/OfficialGuide_Default.aspx Top Law Schools – http://www.top-law-schools.com/ Admissions Dean – http://www.admissionsdean.com Rankings Index to Law School Rankings (ILRG) – http://www.ilrg.com/rankings.html US News Top Law Schools – http://www.grad-schools.usnews.com Leiter Law School Rankings – http://www.leiterlawschool.com Legal Resources Legal Information Institute (Cornell University) http://www.law.cornell.edu/index.html Findlaw – http://www.findlaw.com U.S. Federal Courts – http://www.uscourts.gov/ Jurist – http://jurist.law.pitt.edu Internet Legal Resource Guide – http://www.ilrg.com Above the Law – http://abovethelaw.com Wall Street Journal Law Blog – http://www.blogs.wsj.com/law LSAT Preparation Materials and Commercial Courses Jay Cutts: Steps to the LSAT – http://www.cuttsreviews.com Law School First Stop: Guide to the LSAT – https://www.gograd.org/lsat_guidebook/ Peterson’s LSAT Guide – www.petersons.com/testprep/lsat/ Kaplan – http://www.kaptest.com/lsat Princeton Review – http://www.princetonreview.com PowerScore – https://www.powerscore.com/ Blueprint – www.blueprint.com TestMasters – www.testmasters.net Kahn Academy – www.khanacademy.org/prep/lsat Additional LSAT Preparation Materials Free LSAT Prep materials are available at lsat.org/lsat/prep In addition, other affordable materials may be purchased through LSAC.org You may also wish to check out the highly affordable “Steps to the LSAT” program: http://www.cuttsreviews.com/stepstolsat/ The following materials may also be useful:http://www.cuttsreviews.com/stepstolsat/ Barron’s How to Prepare for the LSAT (Jerry Bobrow, Ph.D.) Examkracker’s LSAT Complete Study Package (David Lynch) Kaplan’s LSAT Premier The Powerscore Logic Games Bible 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) Marshall University Prelaw Club The Marshall University Prelaw Club is open to all students who are interested in learning more about law school and the legal profession. It provides an environment in which students who share a common interest in law and justice issues, and are contemplating a legal career, can come together to interact with each other and with legal professionals.