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You could be early in your college career, just starting to think about law school as an option. Or had your heart set on being an attorney your entire life. It's also possible you are near the end of your undergraduate degree and only recently decided on a new direction toward the field of law. In any of these cases, advisors in the Academic Advising Office can provide direction as to the next steps in your pre-law considerations.
Partially for that reason, the Academic Advising Office can provide directions and referrals for SUNY Plattsburgh students across campus wishing to pursue law school.
Some students follow a more traditional pre-law path, with majors such as Political Science, Philosophy, Communication Studies, or History. It is not uncommon for law school applicants to study in other disciplines such as music, anthropology, literature, or ecology. (In fact, it's possible that the issues raised in your major -- such as gender & women's studies, environmental science, economics, etc.--were what ignited your interest in causes and issues with legal implications.)
It is important to law school admissions that you immersed yourself in a "rigorous course of undergraduate study" -- one that challenged and interested you, and facilitated a broad based knowledge of the world (like your General Education program does).
Regardless of your undergraduate major/minor, there are key knowledge and skill areas that best prepare you for the demands of law school, including
On the Web: For the most up-to-date testing (LSAT) and Credential Assembly (LSDAS) registration information, go to http://www.lsac.org/
At any stage of law school planning, it's good measure to spend time surfing key websites that describe law school admission trends, timelines for planning & applying, and acceptance rates/average scores for schools of interest.
Your first online stop should be the Law School Admission Council site - an essential portal of information. There is an especially helpful link on "Thinking about Law School" for those of you in the early stages of planning. On the LSAC site, you should set up a secure account that gives you access to:
Consider these opportunities also as you plan for law school:
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is administered four times each year (June, Sept/Oct, December, February). The published test centers closest to Plattsburgh are Montreal, QC Canada (1:15 plus border time); Middlebury College, VT (~1:30); Clarkson U in Potsdam, NY (<2hrs); St Lawrence U in Canton, (~2hrs); Vermont Law School (So Royalton), SUNY Albany, and Albany Law School (each ~2:30hrs).
Office Location: Feinberg 101-103
Phone: (518) 564-2080
Fax: (518) 564-2079