Pre-Law Advising


Undergraduate Career Services, part of the Center for Career Development located on the 5th Floor of Duncan Student Center, provides advising to all Notre Dame students considering careers in law. In addition to its website, that office sponsors helpful programming throughout the year, both for seniors applying to law school and students discerning their career paths.  Please refer to the Undergraduate Career Services website for answers to many of your law school questions.

All interested students are invited and encouraged to join the university’s undergraduate Pre-Law Society, which may offer a variety of programs and activities, including lectures, panel discussions, workshops on personal statements and financial aid issues, and a mock LSAT.

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, send a blank email to mendoza-pre-law-list+subscribe@nd.edu.

Law School Admissions

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) administers the LSAT and law school admissions process.  The LSAT is now offered nine times per year, in digital format.  Visit LSAC.org for LSAT test dates and registration information.  The LSAC site also has links to free Khan Academy test preparation materials, as well as to commercial test prep services offered by Kaplan, PowerScore, TestMax, and other companies.  

Helpful Links

LSAC.org for information about law school, career opportunities, and diversity initiatives.

U.S. News Law School Rankings

Boston College On-line Law School Locater

AccessLex.org Financial Aid Information and Tools

American Bar Association on Preparation for Law School

Types of Law Practice

I Am the Law Podcast on Law Jobs

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"

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

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

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

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"

U.S. News: "Why Work Experience Matters for Law School Applicants"

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:

Blair Hu, 2L at New York University Law School, yhu4@alumni.nd.edu

Dylan Jaskowski, 2L at Michigan Law School, djaskows@umich.edu

Andrew Reisenauer, 2L at UCLA Law School, areisena@alumni.nd.edu

Alexandra Charron, 3L at Boston College Law School, acharron15@gmail.com

Katie Karnosh, 3L at University of Chicago Law School, kkarnosh@uchicago.edu

Bridget Kelly, 3L at Hofstra University Law  School, BMKelly24@gmail.com

Emily Murphy, 3L at Duke Law School, emilyannmurphy2@gmail.com

Tommy Staffieri, 3L at University of Kentucky Law School, tommy.staffieri@gmail.com

 

 

 

  • Last Updated July 2, 2020