Pre-law Advising


The University Pre-Law Advising Office, 100 O’Shaughnessy Hall, sponsors programs and distributes information to all students considering careers in law. In addition to its website, this office maintains a helpful library of resources, including current law school bulletins, LSAT applications and LSAT preparation materials. All interested students are invited and encouraged to join the university’s undergraduate Pre-Law Society, which offers a variety of programs and activities, including lectures, panel discussions, workshops on personal statements and financial aid issues, and a mock LSAT. Please refer to the University Pre-Law website for answers to many of your law school questions.

In addition, Professor Tonia Murphy serves as a dedicated Pre-Law advisor for the Mendoza College of Business. Professor Murphy advises current Mendoza students who may be interested in law school, with a goal of helping them make informed decisions. She can provide individual guidance on:

  • whether law school is the right choice for you;
  • what class choices will prepare you to be a competitive candidate and successful law student;
  • the LSAT and application process;
  • selecting the right law school;
  • succeeding in law school; and
  • law careers

Appointments

Appointments are available upon request. So that you are prepared to discuss your interests and plans, before meeting with Professor Murphy, you are required first to complete and submit the Mendoza Pre-Law Advising Information Sheet (available here) to tmurphy1@nd.edu.

Mendoza Pre-Law List

Subscribe to the Mendoza Pre-Law Advising List to receive announcements and other helpful information.  To join the group, go to https://groups.google.com/a/nd.edu/d/forum/mendoza-pre-law-list, then click the "Apply to join group" button.

Important Dates

  • LSAT Test Dates
    Check LSAC.org for registration deadlines.
    • September 16, 2017
    • December 2, 2017
    • February 10, 2018
    • June 11, 2018
    • September 8, 2018
    • November 17, 2018
    • January 26, 2019
    • March 30, 2019
    • June 3, 2019

 

Helpful Links

U.S. News Law School Rankings

Boston College On-line Law School Locater

American Bar Association on Preparation for Law School

Types of Law Practice

Recent statistics on law graduate employment and salaries

American Bar Association statistics on law school enrollment and placement

 

Food for Thought: Law and Law School in the News

Wall Street Journal:  To Kill or Not to Kill All the Lawyers:  That Is the Question

Economist: "Barriers to Entry in the Legal Profession"

ABA Journal: "Getting in the Way: It's a Lawyer's Job to Do Right and Deter Wrong"

Businessweek: "The Price of Winning at the Supreme Court

Washington Post: Why Law Schools Are Losing Relevance and How They Are Trying to Win It Back

Wall Street Journal: Law Schools Face New Rules on Reporting Graduates' Success

New York Times: "Is Law School a Losing Game?"

Wall Street Journal: "Law Firm Cravath Raising Starting Salaries to $180,000"

New York Times: "Law Schools' Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut"

University of Michigan Law Quad Notes: "A Window on the Value of a Legal Education"

Volokh Conspiracy: "Law School Admissions and the Wisdom of Crowds"

ABA Journal: "If You Had a Do-Over, Which Classes Would You Take or Spend More Time on in Law School?

 

Past MCoB Undergraduates Currently in Law School

These former Mendoza students have volunteered to be contacted by current students.

Please feel free to contact directly those below:

Danny Burns, 1L at Columbia Law School, dburns2@alumni.nd.edu

Henry Dickman, 1L: at University of Virginia Law School, henry.j.dickman@gmail.com

Anastasia Fay, 1L at Harvard Law School, afay@jd20.law.harvard.edu

Elizabeth Lombard, 1L at Notre Dame Law School, Lombard.7@nd.edu

Joe Petrone, 1L at Temple Law School, jpetrone@alumni.nd.edu

Daniel McCain, 2L at Elon Law School, dmccain.1@alumni.nd.edu

Jimmy McEntee, 3L at Harvard Law School, jmcentee@jd18.law.harvard.edu

John Shaft, 3L at Arizona State Law School, johnshaft@gmail.com

Robert Uhl, 3L at Southern Methodist University Law School, ruhl282@gmail.com

 

 

 

  • Last Updated August 4, 2017