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Pre-Law

Pre-Law advising is offered through the university's Center for Pre-Professional Advising. Pre-law programming includes the Pre-Law Society (student organization), special workshops, and individual advising for students who are interested in a career in law. Taking part in these services does not involve taking particular courses or majoring in a certain discipline. Students interested in law can choose any undergraduate major.

It is important for students to maintain a competitive grade point average (3.3 or higher) to gain entry to law school. For that reason, it is important that students take courses they find interesting and challenging. It is important for those considering law to develop excellent written and verbal skills, as well as critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. They must be able to write simple and concise sentences, and argue persuasively and to anticipate vulnerabilities in contrary arguments. The program encourages students to evaluate their verbal skills and to take courses that will enhance them.

The pre-law advisor normally serves as a supplementary advisor to the pre-law student's primary advisor. She will provide suggestions regarding some courses, and will aid the student in the law school application process. Pre-law advising is available to current ECU students and ECU alumni.

 

Students applying to law school will typically begin completing the application in the fall of their senior year (if the plan is to enroll immediately following graduation from undergrad in the spring). The application for law school opens September 1st each year for admission for the following year. Deadlines vary from school-to-school but fall between January 15th and August 1st. The majority of deadlines fall between March 1st and April 15th. A few schools have a flexible deadline and will accept application until the class size is met.

Students will apply through the Law School Admissions Council: https://os.lsac.org/Release/Logon/Access.aspx 

Documents required for application:

  • Transcripts from each community college or university attended
  • Personal Statement LSAT (Law School Admission Test) Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Addendums if necessary