Pre-Law preparation at BGSU
The BGSU pre-law advising resource is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University. We offer a variety of help and resources to students as they build the skills, focus and broad-based education that will steer them towards successful admission to a law school and a career in the legal profession.
“Pre-law" is a term used to describe students who plan to enter law school after graduating from college. You should know that there is rarely, if ever, a “pre-law" major at any college.
If you have any questions about the pre-law advising program at Bowling Green State University, please contact Pre-Law Faculty Advisor Dr. Renee Birnbaum at 419-372-2917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Society is a student-run club open to all BGSU students interested in learning more about the law.
The Law Society hosts group activities and guest speakers, such as judges, law school administrators, and attorneys, at their monthly meetings. Membership is free.
Application to law school assistance
Application to law school is a rite of passage for those considering a career in law. The LSAT entrance test is a demanding half-day exam that tests comprehension and verbal reasoning and writing skills. Graded up to 180 points, with a minimum passing score of 120, your score alongside a graduating GPA, letters of recommendation and an application essay are required to gain entry to law school, where you will study for a Juris Doctor (J.D.) qualification.
The Juris Doctor degree, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, is typically a three-year graduate-entry professional degree in law. In the United States, Australia and Canada, the Juris Doctor is earned by completing law school.
All accredited law schools in Ohio, like most accredited law schools throughout the country, require a college degree for admission. A college degree and a law degree are also prerequisites to taking the Ohio Bar Examination and the bar examinations for most other states.
Law schools emphasize the value of a broad, general program of arts and sciences for the prospective law student. Above all, they stress the importance of acquiring certain intellectual skills and abilities rather than a particular body of information. Foremost among these skills are facility in writing and speaking, logical reasoning and the use of abstract concepts.
Because the student can develop these skills in a variety of courses, there is no rigid and detailed "pre-law curriculum." In fact, the American Bar Association does not recommend any particular major.
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Additional BGSU Pre-Law Events and Resources
Pre-Law Virtual Academy
June 28-July 2, 2021
Are you interested in law and what it takes to become a lawyer? Can you picture yourself in front of a court room? Then start your journey now with the BGSU’s Pre-Law Virtual Academy and experience what it is like to be a part of the legal community.
The Pre-Law Academy is a summer program offered for high school students. You’ll have the chance to hear from law students, law professors and other legal professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines within the field, including criminal law, corporate law and public interest law. Academy members will learn about legal concepts and language, explore a law library and test their skills in a mock trial event.
Returning attendees are welcome as the program has been redesigned for its fourth year! There are also paid counselor opportunities for BGSU undergraduate students.
- PREPARE for a career in law by learning the language of the profession
- PARTICIPATE in an interactive mock trial experience
- ENGAGE with the Wood County Law Library and the historic Wood County Courthouse
- CONNECT with BGSU Alums and those practicing in alternative areas of law
- MEET with Forensic experts and tour the Bowling Green Bureau of Criminal Investigations Lab
- WITNESS an actual crime scene facility
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