Pre-law Students

Thinking of Going to Law School?

The law can be a rewarding profession. At its best, legal practice challenges the intellect, demanding the exercise of reason and judgment. The ethics of the profession require attorneys to promote justice, fairness, and morality; thus, legal employment can bring particular satisfaction to those who seek to work, within the law, to seek social injustice.

There are a number of ways you can explore the field of law:

  • Talk with a pre-law advisor about your interest in pursuing legal studies.
  • Attend the annual UNLV Law School Fair.
  • Conduct research on a legal career.
  • Investigate online resources, including the American Bar Association, the National Association of Law Placement, and the Internet Legal Research Group.
  • Intern with a law firm or law-related organization.
  • Conduct information interviews to learn:
    • What lawyers do in a typical work day.
    • Personal attributes needed for a legal career.
    • Satisfactions and dissatisfactions of the field.
    • Impact of legal career on personal lives.

What Should You Major In?

"The ABA does not recommend an undergraduate major or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline."

American Bar Association

Choose a major that interests you. Admissions offices are not particularly interested in your major, but they are interested in how well you did in the discipline(s) you choose to pursue.

Law schools are looking for students with diverse academic backgrounds who can demonstrate analytic/problem-solving skills, critical reading, writing skills, oral communication abilities, public service, and promotion of justice. Keep these skill-sets in mind when choosing undergraduate course work.

Application, CAS, and LSAT

Please visit the Law School Admission Council website for the entire application process and list of application materials.

All students applying to accredited institutions within the U.S. are required to use the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). CAS is a central clearinghouse for information about law school applicants. This service allows you to conveniently submit your application materials in one central location. CAS registration includes access to electronic applications for all ABA-approved law schools. Register for CAS no later than early fall of the year in which you are applying to law school.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a standardized exam offered at various times during the year at many locations. The LSAT is required for admission to American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools. It is an aptitude test consisting of five multiple-choice sections designed to measure reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning, followed by a writing sample.