Find helpful pre-professional resources.
Pre-Law advising at UM-Dearborn is done by Karen Wittkopp, and Brian Golden will be taking on the responsibilities May 1, 2017. If you are a new student to UM-Dearborn and in the START Office, you should see Susie Gassel. All are available as a resource to all Pre-Law students from freshmen year until they enter law school. To see Karen or Brian call 313-593-5293 to schedule an appointment. To see Susie call 313-593-5576.
Preparing for law school is not like preparing for medical school: there is no set curriculum to follow. However, there are skills that must be developed and steps to be taken in order to be ready to apply on time (whatever your "on time" may be). Here is a four-year plan outline to help you stay on track.
Don't just apply to the law school down the street; there are schools all over the country that could be a better fit in terms of cost, career interests, scholarship opportunities, employment rates, or campus culture. Make good use of the online resources below to ensure that your decisions are well-informed. Here is a tool to use to help you organize the information you collect. If there are other criteria that are important to you, add more columns!
UM-Dearborn students are invited to participate in UM-Ann Arbor’s Law Day. Over 100 law schools come to the Ann Arbor campus to talk to prospective students. A wonderful opportunity to explore your law school options in person!
Check on the LSAC.org website, Recruitment Events Calendar, for University of Michigan Law Day. It is always hosted in the Michigan Union on State Street.
From data complied by LSAC (lsac.org)
- UM-Dearborn students who applied to law schools in 2016, averaged a 149 LSAT (using highest LSAT only) and a 3.20 GPA (LSAT GPA).
- Last year, Wayne State University Law School and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law were the top two schools that UM-Dearborn students applied to, were admitted to, and enrolled in. Click here to see a chart of the top nine schools, along with average LSAT scores and GPA’s. Please note that when there are fewer than 5 students in a category, averages are not calculated.
The decision to attend law school should be made with careful deliberation, as it is a great commitment of time, money, and self. Here are some websites that can inform your decision-making process.
LSAC.org is the most important website a pre-law student will encounter. You will sign up for the LSAT through LSAC.org, and you will apply to schools using their Credential Assembly Service. They provide resources to help you make decisions on where to apply and how to finance your law education. In short, visit LSAC.org early and often.
From choosing a major, to financing law school, and key skills to develop, the ABA has summarized the basics of pre-law.
Boston College created an online resource to help students identify law schools where they should be a competitive candidate based on LSAT and UGPA.
The ABA has assembled all the basic information you need to know about a law school when doing your initial research: LSAT ranges, UGPA ranges, cost to attend, attrition rates, and more.
Law school is expensive and employment after graduation is not guaranteed! This website reports employment data for law schools, giving prospective students the opportunity to see how many graduates are actually finding work and in which fields in an easy to digest format.
The ABA collects detailed information on graduate employment for each law school, and their findings are complied here.
This page of the ABA website provides links to information on paying back the heavy debt that law students incur while pursuing their JD.