PRE-LAW AT JMU DR. JESSICA ADOLINO, DIRECTOR ASSOCIATE DEAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Pre-Law at JMU What does it mean to be a declared Pre-Law student at JMU? An ADVISING system What does Pre-Law advising involve? A network of advisors Advisor choice left up to you Pre-Law at JMU 2013-14 JMU Pre-Law Advisors Bill Hawk, Philosophy and Religion Jessica Adolino, Political Science, College of Arts and Letters Ben Carr, Sport Recreation and Management Elaine Chisek, University Advising, Political Science Art Hamilton, Finance/Business Law Kevin Hardwick, History David Jeffrey, College of Arts and Letters, English Howard Lubert, Political Science Bob Roberts, Political Science Roger Soenksen, Media Arts and Design Daphyne Thomas, Finance/Business Law Why should I see an advisor? When should I see an advisor? Pre-Law at JMU Preparing for Law School What matters most in law school admissions? LSAT score and GPA Recommendations, personal statement, extracurricular activities, internships or summer employment in law firms or law-related businesses What do I need to remember about my JMU GPA? Pre-Law at JMU Preparing for Law School Is there a JMU Pre-Law curriculum? Pre-legal education has no restrictions or requirements Choose something you like and can do well in Pre-Law at JMU Preparing for Law School Are there particular majors recommended for students considering law school? NO! Most common majors: political science, history, english, psychology, criminal justice, economics, sociology, communications, business administration, accounting, finance, philosophy, biology, business management, international relations But also: mathematics, computer science, physics and every other academic major Pre-Law at JMU Preparing for Law School Are there any particular JMU courses recommended for students considering law school? Communication, including composition, language and speech Liberal arts, including work in the humanities and social sciences Critical thinking, logic, mathematics, accounting, and the natural sciences Economics (micro & macro) and basic accounting Courses that develop independent research skills Courses (and other experiences) that require public speaking and presenting of ideas before others Get to know your professors! Pre-Law at JMU Preparing for Law School Academic Timeline First year Sophomore year Junior year Senior year Pre-Law Opportunities at JMU Phi Alpha Delta Judicial visits Moot court ARE YOU A COMPETITOR? INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BETTER PUBLIC SPEAKER? Sharpen your research skills? Learn about the legal system & oral argument? Learn more about becoming a member of the JMU Moot Court Team All majors welcome! Information session in November! Sponsored by College of Arts & Letters Pre Law Advising Pre-Law at JMU Where should you go from here? JMU Pre-Law website http://www.jmu.edu/prelaw/ Law School Admission Council http://lsac.org/jd/default.asp DiscoverLaw http://discoverlaw.org/ Contact a pre-law advisor Questions?