The pre-law program is designed to help students determine whether a career in law makes sense for them, effectively navigate through the process of applying to law school, and select a law school that best fits their future goals. Law schools accept applicants from a wide variety of majors, but they closely examine transcripts for evidence that the applicant has taken challenging classes that develop students’ abilities to problem solve, read critically, write and edit, communicate orally, and listen well. Students interested in law school should meet with a pre-law advisor early in their academic career to develop a plan tailored to the student’s interests and the intellectual rigor that will prepare students for the law school experience.

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Cocurricular and extracurricular activities such as Undergraduate Research and Creative Works (URCW), pre-law club and internships or work experience in law-related fields can also help to strengthen applications.

Ways to prepare yourself for law school while at HPU

Students should take the LSAT between June and December of their senior year; June is generally considered the optimal time to take the test. Students should meet with the pre-law advisor during their junior year to design a plan for preparing for this test.

You may want to make an appointment with a Pre-Law Advisor in order to:

  • Discern whether a career in law is a good path for you
  • Learn more about post-graduate options and opportunities
  • Explore possible on- and off-campus opportunities for engagement in and experience with law
  • Discuss requirements for law school and how you can best fulfill them given your specific interests and goals
  • Learn more about the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and how to prepare
  • Demystify the application process

 

The pre-law advisors are:

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Kelsi Kruszewski, ’19

Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida

“My most impactful moment at HPU was joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. This organization was where I had my own ‘little sister’ who just needed someone to see her for who she is and not her social or financial situation. She had a huge impact on me wanting to become a criminal defense attorney and helped me to realize pursuing law school was the right choice for me.”

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Daniel Bartlett, ’19

American University College of Law in Washington, D.C.

“HPU provided an environment which taught me how to fully apply myself in not only my academics but every aspect of my life. I have become a much more efficient person in terms of my studies, my work and my involvement in activities around campus. The business and philosophy departments encouraged me to more actively participate in class and thus improved my confidence in applying myself. The Office of Career & Professional Development department helped me immensely during my application process. I was able to receive help on my resume as well as tips for making myself stand out on applications. ”

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Lauren Fitch, ’18

Francis King Carrey School of Law at the University of Maryland

“My most impactful mentor in the music department was probably Dr. Scott Macleod. He stuck by me when I had doubts about my major, and he hasn’t stopped encouraging me all throughout my college experience. My most impactful mentor in the English department was Dr. Donna Scheidt, who encouraged me to reach high for a tier one law school even though I didn’t think I could do it.“

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Rachel Babinat, ’18

Marquette University

“All of the professors at HPU have been incredibly helpful, but there are two mentors in both of my majors who have had the biggest impact on me. For my business administration courses, the most impactful mentor would be Professor Lillian Watson. She really encouraged me to pursue law and helped me throughout the entire, stressful process. Dr. Matthew Carlson is the most impactful mentor I had from the English department. I enjoyed every class he taught because they were challenging and really interesting. Plus, he consistently encouraged me to achieve even more than I thought I could accomplish.”

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Jordan Bydume, ’17

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

“My most impactful moment at HPU was being awarded Extraordinary Leader in my junior year, as one of the youngest extraordinary leaders I was so grateful and shocked that I was being recognized. As a freshman I didn’t even think I would be able to finish the year let alone be recognized for my leadership on campus. Receiving this award really gave me a large confidence boost and helped propel me forward through the rest of my junior and all of my senior year.”

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Jessica Wallace, ’16

Florida State University College of Law

“My most impactful mentor at HPU has been Dr. Scott Ingram in the Criminal Justice Department. I first met Dr. Ingram during my junior year while taking his Criminal Law and Courts and Trials classes. He approached me about the possibility of me attending law school and walked me through the entire process. He has given me the confidence that I will be able to succeed and has presented me with the opportunity to work on research with him for credit which has been an amazing experience. The various classes that I have had with Dr. Ingram have given me the tools (both writing and analytical experience) to do well in law school.“

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Elon University School of Law

“I utilized Career and Internship services by attending the first-ever law school fair on campus this spring, which helped me narrow down my choices and eventually choose Elon. Dr. Scott Ingram, my pre-law advisor and member of the Criminal Justice Department, also gave me advice and guidance throughout the process of applying and choosing a law school, and was there to assist me with everything along the way, especially the LSAT and applications.”

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Howard University School of Law

“In the fall of 2012 I co-founded HPU Diversity Club, and through the club, we have been able to give back to the city of High Point, hold numerous events at High Point University that promote diversity awareness, such as the Black Heritage Service, and interact and learn from the talented students we have at this university. The Black Heritage Service was an amazing event that really sparked my interest for social justice and opened my eyes to a number of issues.”

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Taylor McAuliffe, ’15

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

“My advisor, Dr. Mark Setzler, was a great mentor. He gave me practical advice about law school and life in general. Dr. Setzler always encouraged me to challenge myself instead of taking the easy way out. I know my time at HPU has prepared me for the many challenges I will face in the future.”

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Attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Fisher College of Business to pursue a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration.

“HPU allowed me to take courses I really liked (Finance and Econ) but also a course that helped me prepare for the LSAT and Law School (Symbolic Logic).”

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Kyle Grusholt, ’14

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School

“I will forever be indebted to Dr. Amy MacArthur for always asking the questions that no one else ever thinks to ask. She taught me to think critically and never avoid the difficult questions for fear of not finding a quick solution. Without the lessons she provided over my four years here, I would not have been able to perform so successfully on the Law School Admission Test and be admitted to The University of North Carolina.”

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North Carolina Central University School of Law

“The people at High Point University have taught me incredible skills and life lessons. Being Student Body President has been a humbling experience that has allowed me to connect with students to talk with them one-on-one to hear their perspectives of the university and to meet with administrators to discuss the students’ perspectives, ultimately enhancing my communication skills. Professor Scott Ingram and Dr. Donna Scheidt have been very helpful with preparations and advice for law school and the LSAT.”

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Law schools do not require students take specific courses. However, there are some courses that will prepare students for the LSAT and for the rigors of law school. Generally, courses in English, History, and Philosophy will develop reading and writing skills.

Specific courses include:

By Subject

Business
Business Law (BUA 3050)

Communications
Communication Law and Ethics (COM 3390)

Criminal Justice
Criminal Law (CRJ 3100)
Courts and Trials (CRJ 3200)
Death Penalty (CRJ 4100)
Crime, Law and National Security (CRJ 4300)
Mock Trial (CRJ 2900)

English
Detective Fiction (ENG2200)
Law and Literature (ENG2200)
Print Artifacts: Literature, Law, and Narrative (ENG4720)

FYS
Law, Rhetoric, and Culture (FYS1000) (Dr. Scheidt)
We, The Jury: Truth­finding in American Criminal Trials (FYS 1000)
Talking About Freedom: Civil Rights, Constitutional Culture and the First Amendment (FYS 1000)

History
Case Studies in American Legal History (HST 3211)

Philosophy
Philosophy Logical and Critical Thinking (PHL 1006)
Symbolic Logic (PHL 3006)

Political Science
The Constitution, Civil Liberties and the Courts (PSC 3320)
Judicial Politics (PSC 4320)

By Level

1000­ Level
Law, Rhetoric, and Culture (FYS1000)
We, The Jury: Truth­Finding in Criminal Trials (FYS1000)
Talking About Freedom: Civil Rights, Constitutional Culture and the First Amendment (FYS 1000)
Logical and Critical Thinking (PHL 1006)

2000 ­Level
Detective Fiction (ENG2200)
Law and Literature (ENG2200)
Mock Trial (CRJ 2900)

3000 ­Level
Business Law (BUA 3050)
Case Studies in American Legal History (HST 3211)
Communication Law and Ethics (COM 3390)
Courts and Trials (CRJ 3200)
Criminal Law (CRJ 3100)
Symbolic Logic (PHL 3006)
The Constitution, Civil Liberties and the Courts (PSC 3320)

4000 ­Level
Crime, Law and National Security (CRJ 4300)
Death Penalty (CRJ 4100)
Judicial Politics (PSC 4320)
Print Artifacts: Literature, Law, and Narrative (ENG4720)

Students interested in pre-law should work on developing their skills in:

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing and Editing
  • Oral Communication
  • Listening

In addition, students should engage meaningfully with general education coursework and choose a major that interests them. Any major is fine, but pre-law students should seek to enhance and challenge themselves with respect to the skills and qualities above.

Students should take the LSAT between June and December of their senior year; June is generally considered the optimal time to take the test. Students should meet with the pre-law advisor during their junior year to design a plan for preparing for this test. The LSAT is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world.

Many law schools require that the LSAT be taken by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier—in June or September/October—is often advised.


* For the most up-to-date information on testing dates and registration, please visit the Law School Admissions Council Website.


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