Saint Michael’s can prepare you for success in law school and for a variety of careers, both in and out of the legal system. Our alumni hold positions as defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges, as well as legal counsel for corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, and have careers in politics and advocacy organizations.
Law schools do not recommend any one major as a prerequisite for admission, and therefore there is no specific pre-law major at Saint Michael's. Students instead are encouraged to develop an educational program that is both broad and liberal in the classic sense. Students interested in pursuing law should select college courses geared to the development of a broad cultural background and habits of thoroughness, intellectual curiosity and scholarship. In the past, Saint Michael’s students have found that a major in English, history, philosophy, or political science works well to provide pre-law preparation.
Courses in literature, language, speech, composition, logic and semantics are all important to the pre-law student in that they each cultivate skills that are necessary for success in a law program. Pre-law students should consider taking courses that offer a variety of reading assignments and a large volume of well-directed class discussions. They should also seek courses that will allow them to have ample opportunity to prepare and criticize written and oral reports.
Guidance for the Pre-law Student
Students may obtain advice on law as a career and the law school admission process by meeting with one of the College’s pre-law advisors or a career counselor in the Career Development Office. Counselors are available by appointment to assist students in making career decisions and in securing needed information. Pre-law students are also encouraged to make use of the career literature and pre-law references that are available there.
Informational meetings are held in the fall for pre-law students featuring local attorneys and alumni who are now in law school. These lawyers volunteer their time to describe their law school experiences to our pre-law students and to answer questions.
Finally, pre-law students are encouraged to participate in an internship at a local law firm, the State Attorney's Office, or the State Governor's Office in order to gain practical experience in the field of law.
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Pre-law students are encouraged to participate in internships at a local law firm, the State Attorney’s Office, or the State Governor’s Office in order to gain practical experience in the field of law.
Vermont Law School
Saint Michael’s has a special admission agreement with Vermont Law School for entry into its Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), and Joint JD/MELP degree programs.
Schools where Saint Michael's applicants were recently accepted
Albany Law School of Union University
Ave Maria School of Law
Baylor University School of Law
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
Boston College Law School
Boston University School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
California Western School of Law
Chapman University School of Law
Charleston School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
DePaul University College of Law
Fordham University School of Law
George Mason University School of Law
George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Hofstra University School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Roger Williams University
Rutgers University School of Law - Newark
St. Thomas University School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School
Syracuse University Law School
University of Cincinnati College of Law
University of Colorado Law School
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University School of Law
Vermont Law School
Wake Forest University School of Law
Western New England College School of Law
Western State University College of Law
Whittier Law School
Widener University School of Law
For more information, contact a Pre-Law advisor: