Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I major in PreLaw?

No, Texas Tech does not offer a PreLaw major. However, we do offer an optional Legal Studies minor that assists in promoting skills that will be useful in law school. This minor is multidisciplinary and 21 credit hours. 

What is the best major for law school?

There is no "best" major for law school. Students are encouraged to pursue whatever major best aligns with their strengths, interests, values, and personality. If a student pursues a major that they find interesting, they are more likely to have a higher GPA. Students with higher GPAs are more desirable candidates to law schools.

I have questions about applying to law school. Who should I contact?

The PreLaw Program has Program Assistants and Ambassadors that are willing to answer any of your law school related questions. You can meet with these individuals by attending a PreLaw event. You can also send us an email to set up an appointment or stop by Holden Hall 079 on Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00 PM to meet with Jordan Ryan, the PreLaw Program Coordinator.

What are law schools looking for in an applicant?

There are three main things they consider: LSAT score, GPA, and your Personal Statement. They will also consider components of your application like your resume and letters of recommendation as well as an addendum (if applicable). Many schools use your LSAT score and GPA to determine if your application meets their minimum admission requirements. If your scores are satisfactory, then law schools will examine the remaining components holistically to determine if you are a good fit for their law program.

What is the LSAT?

The LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is a standardized test required for admission to all ABA-approved law schools. You will not be tested on your knowledge of law. This is a skills test over topics like reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and thinking critically. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. The test is comprised of five 35 minute sections:

(2) Logical Reasoning
(1) Reading Comprehension
(1) Logic Games
(1) Experimental section

All of these sections are multiple choice, and the experimental section will be unscored. The LSAT is administered through LSAC and is given multiple times a year. For more information visit the LSAC website


What is LSAC?

LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) is a non-profit corporation whose members consist of more than 200 law schools across the United States and Canada. LSAC is best known for administering the LSAT exam. Their website has a wealth of information about taking the LSAT, choosing a law school, and applying to law school.

Why do I need an account on LSAC?

You will use LSAC for a variety of things as a PreLaw student, so making an account is essential. For example, you will use the LSAC website to sign up to take the LSAT exam. You will also use the LSAC website when applying to law school. An account with LSAC is required before attaining an account with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Additionally, the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) uses the LSAC website to allow law schools to contact applicants that may benefit from their program.


What is the Credential Assembly Service?

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) is required for all students applying to an ABA-approved law school. The CAS will create a law school report and send that out to the law schools of your choice. Your LSAT scores, transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and resume will be sent out to law schools by the CAS.


How do I become a PreLaw Ambassador?

The PreLaw Program sends out applications for those interested in becoming an Ambassador in the spring. You must fill out an application before the deadline, and attend an interview to be considered as an Ambassador. Then, you will be notified if you have or have not been selected to become an Ambassador.