First Year Pre-Law Advice

Take classes that are interesting and challenging and do well in them. Your GPA starts now and is amajor factor in law school admissions!

Learn to write well. Think of writing‐intensive classes as opportunities to hone your analytical and writing skills and impress people who can write about your skills later in letter of recommendation. Get to know these professors.

Use LyonNet!  LyonNet is the primary location of all CDC resources and internship listings. Peer Career Advisors are always available to you on a walk‐in basis to help you establish your LyonNet account.

Sign up for the Pre‐Law email list. Use the webformat www.mtholyoke.edu/contact/prelaw to send your name, class year and email address to the CDC so that you will receive all pre‐law related emails.

Attend law‐related workshops and events on campus. All events are posted on the CDC calendar found in LyonNet.

Become familiar with the format of the LSAT.  Your score on this test is another major factor in law school admissions. It would be a fantastic idea to purchase an LSAT prep book and begin working on questions in yours pare time and during school breaks even though the test seems so far away.

READ, READ, READ! The more you read, the better you will write. Read newspapers daily, non‐fiction books, journals... anything, but do it avidly! And read beyond your classroom work!

Get involved in an extra‐curricular activity or a cause you feel passionate about. It is not about quantity, it’s about quality! Try to get into leadership roles in your cause/organization over the years.

Do an internship. The CDC offers many workshops on finding and funding summer internships (see LyonNet calendar.) Choose internships that are interesting to you in fields you want to explore. Law is a very wide field, any internship you do will help inform you later as a lawyer.