Excelling in Academics

Maintaining a high GPA is essential when considering law school. Along with the LSAT score, a student's GPA is one of the top components of an application that admissions representatives consider.

That is not to say that students with a lower GPA cannot get accepted to Law School, rather it will limit the individual's options of schools. Sometimes a higher LSAT score can cushion a lower GPA; however a high GPA cannot always cushion a low LSAT score.

When applying to Law School, make sure to include ALL transcripts to your LSAC account, including transfer and dual credit from your time in high school. After submitting all grades, LSAC will generate a new GPA for the student; including grade replacement course grades and summer classes. Most often a student's GPA will appear lower on their law school applications. This is expected and nothing to stress too much over. Remember, all students applying will most likely see the same change.

Throughout your undergraduate degree, make sure to take challenging courses that will prepare you for the rigorous test that is Law School. Form strong, professional relationships with your professors by visiting during office hours and actively engaging in class. These may result in fabulous Letters of Recommendation when application time rolls around.

Further, utilize all of the resources that the University provides. Check out the Learning Center at Texas Tech as well as the Writing Center for help any time.

Can you recommend any classes that will help me as a PreLaw student?

  • In general, PreLaw students should seek to improve their writing, reading comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical thinking skills through their coursework. Success in law school (and success on the Law School Admission Test) relates to these skills.
  • It is important to take classes that exercise your mind by asking you to read what might be difficult prose, to analyze and construct logical arguments, and to test your understanding through writing. One great way to get credit for courses of this nature is to get a minor in Legal Studies.
  • It is very important that PreLaw students choose classes that will help them prepare for law school, but also faculty that will guide them successfully through the skills they need to learn.

Course Recommendations

(Organized by University Core Curriculum groupings on Pg. 50-55 of the University Catalog)

Communication: Oral-Speech

  • COMS 2300 Public Speaking (Communicating)
  • COMS 3358 Business and Professional Communication (Communicating)

Mathematics

  • PHIL 2310 Logic (Critical Thinking & Reasoning)

Natural Sciences

  • ANTH 2300/2100 Physical Anthropology and Lab (***IF interested in Criminology ONLY***)
  • Other as Personal Interests and Potential Specializations may direct.

Technology & Applied Science

  • PFP 2310 Technological Applications in Personal Financial Planning (Technology, Communicating, Research)
  • Other as Personal Interests and Potential Specializations may direct.

Humanities

  • ENGL 2391 Introduction to Critical Writing (Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL 2308 Introduction to Non-fiction (Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL 2307 Introduction to Fiction (Writing Intensive)
  • HIST 4327 Gender Race and Class in U.S. Law (Judicial System, Precedents, Social Policy)
  • PHIL 2300 Beginning Philosophy (Critical Thinking and Reasoning)
  • PHIL 2320 Introduction to Ethics (Critical Thinking and Reasoning)  

Visual & Performing Arts

  • TH A 2301 Introduction to Acting (Communicating & Self Awareness)

Social & Behavioral Sciences / Individual and Group Behavior

  • COMS 3313 Persuasion (Communicating, Critical Thinking and Reasoning)
  • COMS 3356 Leadership and Communication (Communicating)
  • PHIL 3321 Philosophy of Law (Critical Thinking and Reasoning)
  • POLS 3341 The Administrative Process
  • ECO 2305 Principles of Economics - Abridged   (Economic Theory vs. Public Policy)
  • ECO 2301 Principles of Economics I (Microeconomics, Economic Theory vs. Public Policy)
  • ECO 2302 Principles of Economics II (Macroeconomics, Economic Theory vs. Public Policy)
  • PFP 3301 Financial Planning for Young Adults (Financing Law School, Financial Health, Debt Management)
  • POLS 3351 The Judicial Process (Judicial System)
  • PSY 1300 General Psychology (Human Behavior)
  • SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology (Human Behavior)
  • Other as Personal Interests and Potential Specializations may direct.

Multicultural Core Electives

  • HDFS 3350 Development in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Diversity)
  • PSY 3398 Ethnic Minority Psychology - prerequisite PSY 1300 (Diversity)
  • SOC 3324 American Minority Problems (Diversity, Social Justice)

Other Electives (Optional but Recommended)

  • LIBR 1100 Library Research Methods (Research)
  • COMS 3314 Argumentation and Debate (Critical Thinking & Reasoning, Communicating, Human Behavior)
  • ECO 3312 Intermediate Economics Theory � prerequisite 2301 (Economic Theory vs. Public Policy)
  • PHIL 1310 Reasoning (Critical Thinking & Reasoning)
  • POLS 3333 Contemporary Political Theory (Public Policy, Judicial System, Legislative System)
  • POLS 3346 Public Policy Analysis (Public Policy, Judicial System, Legislative System)
  • POLS 3350 Criminal Process (Executive System, Judicial System)
  • POLS 3352 Constitutional Law/Powers (Judicial System, Legislative System)
  • POLS 3353 Constitutional Law/Limitations (Judicial System, Legislative System)
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