Who remembers the anxiety of the college admissions process? Who remembers being a young, high school student at a large college fair? The feeling of a thick admissions folder with heavy packets of information that tried to explain acronyms such as SAT and ACT permeated our high school lives. While we would like to believe that those days have passed us, the experience is about to cycle back as college students begin thinking of graduate schools and career paths.
To guide me along the way, the fair included representatives from law schools across the United States. There were tables from schools as far as the University of Miami School of Law to schools as close as our very own Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. For a complete list of attendees, click here!
Each representative shared what their specific school looked for and offered sign-ups for more information about the school. However, they answered my specific questions about what a college freshman should consider when thinking about law school. Some of their tips include the following:
- Make sure to challenge yourself with difficult courses. Honors courses show that you are continuing to stimulate your learning even at the college level.
- Remember that there is no specific major for law school. Choose something you are passionate about while you still have the chance.
- Keep track of time! Know when you should start registering for the LSATs and know your application deadlines.
- Do not be afraid to take a few years off before applying to law school.
- Stay in touch with your favorite law schools.
Additionally, Villanova’s Pre-Law Society provided each of the students with a list of other pre-law events to attend in the future. I would highly recommend contacting this group’s advisor, Christina Butler, if you too are interested in Pre-Law. Christina Butler is also the Pre-Law advisor here at Villanova, so if you would like to discuss the idea of attending law school, set up an appointment with her through Handshake.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask another first-year Villanova student, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will answer all of your questions! Maybe I will see one of you at the next Pre-Law event.