Law schools want students who are well-educated and well-rounded. You’ll prepare for law school by participating in extracurricular activities such as Mock Trial and taking advantage of an array of off-campus experiences. Your advisor will help you customize your own pre-law program, which may include courses in business, political science, sociology and other disciplines. Whatever path you choose, Manchester will provide you with a strong foundation for law school.
- In the last decade, 74 percent of Manchester University seniors applying to law school have been accepted for admission. Nationally, during that same period, the acceptance rate was 65 percent.
- Manchester teams have competed in tournaments sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) since 1989. During that time, Manchester students have won 33 individual awards as outstanding attorneys and witnesses. Manchester Mock Trial teams have won six national tournament bids and three Spirit of AMTA awards.
- Manchester’s Mock Trial team placed sixth at the regional tournament of the American Mock Trial Association at the University of Notre Dame in February 2014, and advanced to the Opening Round Championship Series in Waukegan, Ill., where they won two Best Witness trophies.
Program FAQsIs there a pre-law curriculum?
What major should I choose?
- The American Bar Association (see Preparation for Legal Education) does not recommend any particular group of majors or courses that should be taken by students wishing to prepare for legal education. Developing such a list is neither possible nor desirable, for there is no ideal preparation for law school. So, at Manchester, there is no prescribed pre-law curriculum.
What courses should I take?
- Choose a major on the basis of two criteria, personal interest and rigorous standards. Major in something you care about, so that you will enjoy learning and do well at it. Major in a field whose professors have standards for achievement that provide you with a significant challenge in learning, research, communication, and critical thinking.
What else can I do?
- There are important skills, values, and significant bodies of knowledge that will provide a sound foundation for a legal education. Plan to take courses that (a) develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and oral and written communication and (b) provide substantive knowledge in the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the professions. There are also many law-related courses that will give you some insight into the study of the law and its relation to society. For specific course suggestions, though, consult your pre-law advisor.
- To improve your chances of getting into law school, you should participate in various extracurricular activities, such as student government or the Pre-Law Club's Mock Trial team. The Pre-Law Club lets you meet other pre-law students. It will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the law by competing in regional and national Mock Trial Tournaments and by talking with practicing attorneys. Also, the Pre-Law advisor (as well as the attorneys who serve on the faculty) can help you plan for your law school experience by providing you with vital information about the admissions process, including the LSAT.
Remember, the best pre-law program is one you design with the cooperation and advice of your pre-law advisor. Please contact Dr. Williams
with any questions you have about course selection, suggested readings, the admissions process, law school programs, or career opportunities.
Dr. Leonard Williams, Pre-Law Advisor