Welcome to Pomona Pre-Law Advising at the CDO!
If you are considering a career in law, preparing for the LSAT or applying to law schools, we are here to help!
Pomona's rigorous academic program provides excellent preparation for students and alumni considering law school. Students considering law as a career often wonder whether there is a preferred academic track for them. Pomona College does not offer a formal pre-law curriculum. The American Bar Association and its 203 associated law schools do not require nor recommend any particular undergraduate major or courses for those preparing for law school.
Pomona students interested in law are encouraged to develop their analytic, reading, writing and speaking skills by taking challenging and varied courses throughout their undergraduate career. There is no "preferred" academic major for law school admissions. A much more important determinant than academic major in admission to law school is the grade point average. It is best to select a major and courses that you will find intellectually stimulating because it is what you will most likely excel in.
Check out a list of additional online resources to assist you in your law school prep and exploration here.
Upcoming Law Related Events
Visit the Handshake Calendar to keep an eye out for all upcoming law school related events. Be sure to sign up for the law listserv through Handshake! Sign up to receive the Law Listserv through your Handshake account- located under Career Interests/Career Cluster Emails section.
Contact Us for Assistance
Susanne Mahoney Filback, CDO pre-law advisor, is available to assist you throughout your time at Pomona and beyond as you consider whether law school is for you and to assist you in the law school application process.
There are numerous websites available to research all aspects of the law process, including advice about the application process, information regarding individual law schools, financial aid resources, and various LSAT preparation information. The following sites will provide you with a good start.
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) - The Law School Admission Council is a non-profit organization that provides an array of services and information, including administering the LSAT.
The Wilson-Stern Book of Law School Lists – A massive (searchable) guide of legal education programs in the U.S., including joint degree programs, areas of specializations, and clinic opportunities.
Max Pre-Law Tool
AccessLex - Max Pre-Law Tool – MAX Pre-Law is part of AccessLex Institute’s commitment to improving access, affordability, and value of legal education. It was designed by a team of JDs, financial aid experts, law school admissions professionals and experienced pre-law advisors, with the aim of giving clear, unbiased, actionable information to support aspiring law students. And, this suite of resources is meant to be useful to people with different learning styles and preferences.
AccessLex - XploreJD – A free, online search tool offering aspiring law students a data-based approach to finding law schools that best meet their criteria. By answering questions for six primary factors in the law school decision-making process—Location, Cost, Enrollment, Diversity, Curriculum and Outcomes—and prioritizing the attributes that will most impact their decision, they can, with the help of XploreJD’s proprietary algorithm, build a list of potential law school options that fit what they want and need in your law school experience.
AccesLex - Analytix – Puts law school data into clear and accessible formats, allowing you to readily analyze, research and compare law school-specific information. It also puts the power to benchmark various law schools, display trends, gain crucial insights and fuel independent research right in the hands of those who need it.
U.S. News Law Admissions
U.S. News Law Admissions Lowdown – Provides advice to prospective students about the law school application process, LSAT prep and potential career paths.
Law School Transparency
Law School Transparency - Advocacy group whose aim is to make information about law school costs and employment data more readily accessible and comprehensible for individuals considering legal careers.