Pre-Law Advising

Weber State University does not offer a specific "pre-law" major. You can choose to pursue a law degree after majoring in the subject of your choice. We also offer a minor in legal studies.

For pre-law advising, contact:

Richard Price, PhD
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Social Science Building Room 292
801-626-7554
richardprice@weber.edu

The information below helps explain how to choose a school, the admissions process and other factors to consider as you make this decision.

Why the Law?

No one should be cavalier about the decision to attend law school. To earn a Juris Doctor degree you must commit to three additional years of arduous and intensely competitive graduate study (beyond the Bachelor's degree). Furthermore, recent data indicates that a great many law school graduates will accumulate between $75,000 and $140,000 of personal debt and about 40% will not find fulltime employment as an attorney within 10 months after graduation. Those who secure employment might well work 60-70 hours a week (roughly 10-12 hour days, six days a week).

In light of this sobering evidence, everyone who would even consider attending law school should ask himself or herself “Why do I want to be a lawyer?” Typically, there are several reasons given: “As a lawyer, I will get rich,” “Being a lawyer will give me an opportunity for power and prestige,” “I'll have an opportunity to help people,” “I think that being a lawyer would be an exciting career” and “I think practicing law would be intellectually rewarding.”

This information is intended to provide some basic facts to those who are considering the possibility of admission to law school.

Please note that this page adapts information originally written by a former Weber State professor who drew upon a variety of sources, including Arizona State University Pre-Law Advisor Charles Fimian’s “Advising Guide For Pre-Law Students,” Duke University Pre-Law Advisor Gerald Wilson’s “Basic Information For Senior Pre-Law Students,” University of Scranton Pre-Law Advisor Frank X.J. Homer’s “The Law School Admission Test,” Oklahoma State University Pre-Law Advisor Keely James’ “Law School Application Checklist” and James’ pamphlet, “Preparing For Law School: Advice For the Pre-Law Student.”

This page also uses information from The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, The Princeton Review Student Access Guide to the Best Law Schools and the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book.

 

General Information About the Admission Process

 

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