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Academic Preparation for Law School

At the University of North Texas, there is no prescribed pre-law curriculum. "Pre-law" simply denotes a student's intention to pursue admission to law school following completion of the undergraduate degree. Although there is no one perfect major for pre-law students, Pre-law Advisors National Council, "there is a common consensus that a broad based academic experience well grounded in the liberal arts provides the best preparation for law school."

Pre-law students should develop a set of useful skills transferable to the law school setting: critical thinking, problem-solving, and synthesis. The spoken and written word are the principal tools of the legal profession. Those who intend to study law must develop an excellent knowledge and grasp of the English language as well as a clear and concise style of expression. Students should seek out courses that require substantial research and writing assignments and that provide critiques of those skills.

In choosing a major, students should choose a discipline that genuinely interests them and in which they will be motivated to produce their best work. They should, however, avoid any undergraduate major that is narrowly focused on specific vocations, or those majors that will not challenge them to reach their fullest academic potential. What counts most is the intensity and depth of the undergraduate program, demonstrating a capacity to perform well at an academically rigorous level. Double or triple majoring or choosing one or more minors will make very little difference in your admissions decisions, but may enrich (or restrict) your intellectual growth and exploration.

While you want to take challenging courses, you want to excel in them. In order to be competitve for most law schools, you will need a GPA of at least 3.5. While UNT has a generous grade forgiveness policy, the GPA law schools will use will incporate every single grade you earn. Don't let your guard down.

Work hard, push your boundars, learn as much as you can,and do your best work.

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