Pre-law advising



Ask a law school admissions dean "What is the best academic preparation for law school?" and the answer invariably will be "A well-rounded liberal arts curriculum."

At Connecticut College, you'll obtain the verbal and written communication skills, logical reasoning and critical thinking abilities, organizational and analytical skills, broad understanding of human nature and behaviors, and a global perspective that law schools desire.

There are no required courses for law school.

In recent years, the acceptance rate for our graduates applying to law school is about 80 percent, with individuals being accepted to top law schools such as the University of California-Berkeley, Cornell, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, UCLA and the University of Virginia.

If you are thinking about pursuing a law career, you should know that Connecticut College provides extensive services to help pre-law students achieve their goals, including:

  • A chance to meet with admission representatives at regional law school fairs to which Connecticut College students are invited
  • Individual appointments with the pre-law adviser
  • Guest speakers, including practicing attorneys to discuss law practice
  • Pre-law student email newsletter, with updates on law school admission issues and law-related activities
  • The Connecticut College Network, for students to discuss law school and law practice with Connecticut College alumni who are lawyers and judges
  • A Funded Internship Program to pursue law-related work during the summer after a student's junior year
  • Reference letter service to store letters of recommendation for law school
  • Law-related resource books such as the "Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools," "The Big Orange Book of Real LSATs," "The Law School Buzz Book," "Cracking the LSAT," "The Law School Survival Guide," "Best 159 Law Schools" and "Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms," plus the resources available through Shain Library 

There are numerous opportunities for our pre-law students to bolster their admission profiles by pursuing extracurricular activities, including community service experience through the Office of Volunteers for Community Service and sports, as well as participation in one of the College's four academic center certificate programs.

For more information about pre-law advising, contact Cheryl Banker '06 at caban@conncoll.edu.