Pre-Law Advising

Washington and Lee University offers students interested in pursuing a career in law a vast array of resources to learn more about the profession, broadly defined, and the skills required to be a lawyer. Students interested in pursuing law school may select any undergraduate major and should use the liberal arts education to develop comprehension and communication skills, a critical understanding of human institutions and values, and creative power in thinking.

Not sure if law school is right for you? Sign up for the CPD Canvas course and join the law industry group then schedule an appointment in Handshake with the pre-law advisor to discuss next steps.

Choosing the Right Law School

Review this list of many factors to consider when choosing the right law school including admissions criteria, curriculum, ranking, financing, career opportunities, geography, and more. Make an appointment in Handshake with the pre-law advisor to discuss admissions and selection resources to determine the right fit.

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Resources

Explore this non-exhaustive list of resources as no method of studying for the LSAT works for everyone. Some law schools accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT; consult the pre-law advisor to determine the best way to prepare.

Financing a Legal Education

Financing law school is more than a three-year tuition commitment. There are upfront costs including preparing for and taking the LSAT or GRE, applying to law schools, matriculating, and moving before school begins. In addition, costs associated with summer housing as well as and preparing for and taking the bar exam are important items to consider.

Exploring Legal Careers and Finding an Undergraduate Internship

Not sure what type of law is the best fit? Looking for an experience to learn more about a legal career? Check out CPD’s overview of legal profession and practice areas and see our resources on finding an internship or gap year opportunity in the legal field.


Review these answers to commonly asked questions.