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Prelaw

The Prelaw program at SUNY Oneonta is exclusively an advisement program through which students interested in pursuing law school after graduation are apprised of courses they should complete in addition to the requirements of their declared major. Students intent on law careers are not limited to particular majors; students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline, and the American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend specific undergraduate majors, nor even specific courses, to prepare for a legal education. The basic requirements for law school admission are a high academic average and a good score on the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Students should meet with a Prelaw advisor early on in their academic career and continue to meet with him or her, as they would their primary academic advisor, throughout their academic career. Prelaw advisors can help students choose courses according to each individual student’s academic interests while providing exposure to law and legal profession.

Among the basic academic skills students can acquire in preparation for law school are problem-solving, critical reading, writing and editing, oral communication and listening, research, public service and promotion of justice, relationship building and collaboration, and time management. In addition there is basic knowledge that all law students will do well to have including knowledge of American history, the American political system, economic theory, ethics, basic mathematics and statistics, human and social behavior and an understanding of diversity. With careful planning, courses in many of these areas can be taken as part of a students General Education requirements.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Prelaw Society.

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