Graduate and Professional Degrees

Law School

What is law school?

Law school is an intensive professional program that is typically completed in three years. Law courses generally emphasize training in a variety of legal skills, including advocacy, negotiation, research, investigation, counseling, writing, and continually enhancing abilities for critical analysis. 

Is law school for me?

There are many factors to consider if you are considering applying to law school. Admittance to law school is extremely competitive and requires a major investment of time, effort and money, in addition to commitment and dedication. It is very likely you will accrue student loan debts, and it is vital that students remain future-thinkers throughout the entire law school process.

What is a Juris Doctor (JD) degree?

A Juris Doctor (JD) is the degree typically awarded when a student completes law school. Many universities offer accelerated and part-time programs towards earning a JD, along with evening and weekend programs for non-traditional students. It is important to explore all the varying options available to students wishing to receive training in a wide range of legal professions.

Why is there no Pre-Law major?

Most law schools do not require that applicants fulfill a certain set of prerequisites; rather, they prefer to accept students from a diverse and wide-ranging pool of academic disciplines. It is important for you to choose a major that is intellectually stimulating and personally challenging, yet demonstrates your capability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment.

Which criteria are evaluated for admittance to law school?

The two most important factors that most law schools consider when identifying potential candidates are your GPA and LSAT score. However, the entire application portfolio is usually considered when determining competitive criteria. In addition to academics, it is important that students interested in law school build a curriculum that highlights your potential for leadership initiatives, community involvement, strong research capabilities, and creativity in problem-solving.

What options are available in the field of law?

Most students enroll in law school with the intention to be trained as lawyers, but there are many fields in which students of law can apply their professional degrees. Some other applicable professions include: civil rights advocacy, education, environmental protection, immigration reform, and paralegal services to name only a few. 

Other information

If you would like more information to help get started with your research about law school processes, visit the website for the Law School Admission Council. There you can find more information about specific types of degree programs, how to choose and apply to the right school, information about the LSAT, the Bar Exam, and how to finance your law school education.

You can also review UW Seattle's Pre-Law Resources.

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