Checklist for Pre-law Students
Because the EALP is a demanding program, it is important that students carefully plan their academic career. Students interested in the EALP should expect to reach the following goals by the end of each year.
In the first year, students should
- Take Ethics and Society and Introduction to Philosophy;
- Take one philosophy elective in the second semester;
- Contact the Philosophy and Liberal Studies department concerning advising;
- Either begin or satisfy the language requirement;
- Use the remaining seven courses to satisfy portions of the Core Curriculum.
In the second year, students should
- Take either Philosophy of Law or Political Theory;
- Take two or three 3000-level philosophy courses;
- Stay in contact with the EALP advisor;
- Satisfy the critical-thinking portion of the philosophy major;
- Complete the language requirement;
- Make progress on the core curriculum.
In the spring of the second year, students should begin studying for the LSAT:
- At least one month beforehand, register for either the June or October LSAT;
- Plan on spending six months studying for the LSAT;
- Take the LSAT in June or October.
In the third year, students should
- Begin the law school application process (request and examine the Bowen application materials, write a personal statement, and request transcripts) in October;
- Complete the philosophy major: take two or three 4000-level seminars in addition to either Philosophy of Law or Political Theory;
- Complete the Core Curriculum.