Outside of coursework, what else should pre-law students be doing?
First, make sure to stay in contact with the university's Legal Studies concentration
director. This can be especially beneficial when applying to law school, as he knows
and is in frequent contact with the deans and admissions officials at the law schools
where University of Dallas students traditionally apply.
Second, participate in the occasional events sponsored by the Pre-Law Society. This
society will invite to campus law school deans of admission, local judges and attorneys,
and other speakers who will be of interest to those preparing to begin a legal career.
Finally, consider participating in UD's Moot Court team. This is a great preparation for law school, and its competitions take place
at law schools in the region to which UD students frequently apply.
Keep in mind: Extracurricular activities are useful for a variety of reasons, but no extracurricular
activity is more important than your grades. Unlike the admissions process for getting
into college, the law school process does not place nearly as much emphasis on extracurricular
activities. Law schools rely heavily upon your GPA in making admissions decisions.
Therefore, while extracurricular activities are encouraged, you should only engage
in them to the extent that your grades do not suffer.
How successful are UD students at getting into law school?
The University of Dallas regularly places students at Notre Dame, U.T. Austin, University
of Houston, Baylor, SMU, Texas Tech, and Ave Maria.
UD students have also been admitted to top schools such as the University of Virginia,
University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, among others.
Success in law school admissions comes not only from the University's reputation for
excellence in the liberal arts, but also from the high LSAT scores of its students.
The median LSAT score for UD students reporting their scores is normally around 158,
which puts UD into the upper tier of colleges and universities nationally.