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Law School 101

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A law mallet on top of a stack of books

Professor Kevin Walling, full-time faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Grand Canyon University, is helping equip students who are considering continuing their education in law school. Walling held an informational meeting to advise students on what they could do to help further their education and prepare for law school.

What is law school?

Law school is a continuing of education for any person with a bachelor’s degree looking to pursue a career in law. Those interested can consider practicing law in family, business, tax, immigration, contract, labor, criminal, technology, military, child advocacy, sustainable international development and many more.

What will I learn in law school?

Law school is typically a three-year commitment (full-time) or a four-year commitment for those looking for a part-time evening program. The first year of law school typically follows the same or similar curriculum path at most U.S. schools, tackling subjects such as contracts law and legal research and writing. The second and third years delve into internships, law clinics and course electives.

What are the admission requirements?

If you are looking to get into law school, the first things you should know are that any college major is acceptable, all of your college grades make a difference and your GPA is pretty important, too!

A bachelor’s degree, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, solid college GPA, reference letters, and internship and a striking personal essay are the standard requirements for applicants looking at law schools. This materials are submitted to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) that acts similarly to clearinghouse of information between you and your law schools of interest.

What should I expect?

Case method approaches are very common in most law schools. Study groups are essential to this learning process as well as a plentiful amount of law library research.

The cost expected for law school can possibly exceed $150,000, so it is a pretty hefty investment. Scholarships, grants and fellowships exist, but are limited. Some students are offered part-time employment through the Federal Work-Study program in their second and third years of law school.

If you are interested in attending law school, it’s important to gain valuable skills during your undergraduate years. GCU offers a legal studies degree that can help you develop the sound reasoning, legal analysis and communication skills needed to be successful in law school. Start your educational journey by contacting GCU.