Pre-Law Calendar & Information
Record Clearance Project Events:
Monday, March 12 12:00–1:15 pm MacQuarrie Hall 526 Why expungement matters: Former Record Clearance Project clients
Tuesday, March 13 12:00–1:15 pm MacQuarrie Hall 523 Perspectives from the Bench Hon.
Paul Colin, Judge of Santa Clara County Superior Court
Tuesday, March 13 3:00–4:15 pm MacQuarrie Hall 526 Preparing for law school: an informational discussion Columbia Law School students
Thursday, March 15 12:00–1:15 pm MacQuarrie Hall 523 The criminalization of poverty and a response Professor John Halushka and Silicon Valley DeBug
Welcome to the SJSU Pre--Law website. The goal of pre-law advising is to help students become familiar and navigate the information that is available on legal careers, preparing for law school, and applying to law school. In a democratic country like ours, lawyers play an important role, and law school primarily prepares students to understand and work in a wide variety of legal settings. The primary skills that law schools emphasize are persuasive speaking and writing, analytical problem solving and writing, and creative argument construction. The Juris Doctor, or JD, is the most common degree conferred by law schools. All American Bar Association approved law schools usually require 3 years of full-time study to earn a JD. Some law schools also offer part time programs that generally take 4 to 5 years to complete. In addition, many schools offer joint degrees, such as a JD/MBA or JD/MA or JD/PhD that usually take longer to complete, but generally take less time to complete than completing the degrees separately.
Below are links to get you started. Take some time to explore the website and then contact the prelaw advisor.
- Choosing a law school
- Where to Apply
- Choosing a major
- Choosing courses
- Application Process
- Letter of Recommendation
- Personal Statement