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Program Overview

To prepare for law school, you’ll need to develop your problem-solving, writing, speaking and research skills—and embrace the ideas of public service and the promotion of justice.

As an Agnes Scott pre-law student, you’ll establish a sound foundation for the pursuit of your goals and your chosen career. Our challenging and broad liberal arts curriculum develops just the sort of skills and qualities law schools seek in applicants.

Law schools advise students interested in law to select an interdisciplinary major of their choosing. There is no favored major—you can select any major that appeals to you as long as that major will challenge you and teach you to read carefully, to write and speak effectively and to think analytically.

An Agnes Scott pre-law program student holds her hand on her chin as she listens in class.

Get a Taste of Law School Concepts

Many courses in our liberal arts curriculum, while not directly focusing on law, offer valuable preparation for law school.

  • Philosophy 103: Introduction to Logic teaches the kind of logical analysis tested on the LSAT and necessary in the study and practice of law.
  • Political Science 203: Constitutional Law builds an understanding of legal reasoning and the development of law on issues of individual rights.
  • Women’s Studies 235: Women and the Law examines selected constitutional and statutory aspects of the law with particular impact on women’s lives, culminating in a moot court simulation arguing an as-yet unsettled contemporary legal issue.

Program Highlights

Gain Hands-On Legal Experience

Agnes Scott’s location in Atlanta, in a major legal hub, offers abundant opportunities for students to observe or get directly involved in the legal process. Atlanta offers students numerous possibilities to test out their career aspirations by doing legal work. Some students have had externships with legal organizations. For example, Agnes Scott students have done the research for the ACLU, while others have worked in the office of the DeKalb County Prosecutor. Other possibilities include working for private law firms in Decatur or Atlanta. Many Agnes Scott students earn extra money observing their chosen career while working in area firms as receptionists, secretaries or clerks.

Join a Pre-Law Support Network

As you prepare for law school, you can rely on help from an active pre-law club, Publius; knowledgeable and approachable faculty; and pre-law advisers who will help you navigate the law school admissions process. Publius sponsors frequent law-related programs, many of which focus specifically on law school admissions and often feature visiting law school admissions officers. Other programs give students opportunities to learn more about career options in law by featuring panels of attorneys in various types of firms, judges, legal advisers to organizations and legal activists.

The Center for Writing and Speaking

The Center for Writing and Speaking (CWS) is a peer tutoring organization devoted to improving and enhancing students’ writing and speaking skills. Staffed by trained peer tutors, the CWS provides students of all ability levels with individual assistance in writing papers and in preparing and practicing speeches and presentations.

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