We've compiled a list of resources for you to review as you begin to consider law school.
We suggest that you:
- Start by reviewing our Pre-Law Handbook and attending a Pre-Law 101 workshop, where we will share everything you need to know about being Pre-Law at Illinois. Can't make any of our Pre-Law 101 workshops? Watch the Pre-Law 101 Video over on our Compass page (in the Freshmen and Sophomores folder).
- Read our blog, which contains extensive postings on everything from courses to take to how to build a pre-law resume to internships and taking time off before law school. (Note: Use the search box in the upper right to find specific topics.)
- Join our Facebook group (for Illinois students, alumni, and staff) to stay up to date on internships, scholarships, summer pre-law programs, campus events, and more
- Check out our detailed handouts and resources for Illinois students on our Compass page.
- Explore the Law School Admission Council’s many resources.
- Read online sources catering to lawyers, such as
- Review the American Bar Association’s statement on preparing for law school to get a better idea of what skills lawyers use and how to be a strong candidate for law school.
- Talk with a career counselor or a pre-law advisor about your interest in pursuing legal studies.
Conduct research on legal careers using online resources or those at our office or The Career Center. Good resources include:
- O*Net's report on skills necessary for lawyers, along with predictions of legal trends
- National Association of Law Placement provides detailed analysis of legal hiring trends and salaries, especially for recent law school graduates
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reports on necessary skills as well as what lawyers do and their work environments
- Podcasts like I Am the Law (find these listed in our Pre-Law Handbook)
- Watch Discoverlaw.org's videos on different areas of law.
- Honestly and realistically assess your interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
- Determine whether a legal career is a good fit for you through Exploring Pathways in Career Success (EPICS) an online program offered by The Career Center that includes an Interest Survey and other good tools.
Connect with legal professionals. There is no better way to gain an understanding of the profession and assess your suitability than talking with lawyers. How?
- Attend Pre-Law Advising Services events and pre-law RSO events to connect with legal professionals
- Conduct informational interviews. (How? Find details in our Pre-Law Handbook).
- Intern with a law firm or law-related organization to gain exposure to the field and to experience the work environment. Even non-paid work, volunteering on a part-time basis, or informational interviews can be very helpful in discovering the realities of the legal profession.