Suggested Courses and Timeline

Suggested Courses

There are a number of courses at Allegheny College that can help you prepare for law school. The courses listed below are suggestions which can help you develop and hone the skills necessary for law school.

Class Department & Course Number
Global Justice Philosophy 310
Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge Philosophy 220
Science in Its Cultural Setting Philosophy 230
Ethics and Existence Philosophy 350
Ancient Greek Mythology Philosophy 260
Early Modern Philosophy: Science and Knowledge Philosophy 270
Ethics and Community Philosophy 140
Philosophy Seminar (varying topics) Philosophy 580
Political Philosophy Political Science 140
American Political Thought Political Science 285
Classical Political Thought Political Science 380
Modern Political Thought Political Science 582

Timeline

First Year and Sophomore Students

  • Concentrate on your coursework and fulfilling your requirements
  • Become involved in extra- and co-curricular activities
  • Learn about law school and the law
  • Identify an exciting internship opportunity
  • Keep your eyes open for study away, alternative spring break, and EL Seminars in the coming years
  • Cultivate relationships with faculty
  • Attend pre-law sponsored events
  • *Consider taking the free practice LSAT (*sophomores)

Junior Year

  • Make this your strongest academic year
  • Study abroad, participate in EL Seminars
  • Attend pre-law sponsored events
  • Turn a good seminar paper into something presentable at a professional disciplinary meeting
  • Have a least one internship experience (and perhaps consider the Dotson Fellowships)
  • Assume leadership roles in clubs, organizations, on campus, and in the community
  • Begin researching law schools
  • Order information from schools/view websites
  • Register for LSAT in the spring (if taking the June test)($$) – Note: Students are encouraged to take the June LSAT, if possible. Do not plan to take the December or February LSAT unless you ASOLUTELY must
  • Continue LSAT preparation
  • Work on your resume
  • Draft your personal statement
  • Line up faculty recommendations in the spring term (you will need two letters, possibly three. Professors are best.)

Summer Before Senior Year

  • Early Summer:
    • Take LSAT (in June, if not taking in October)
    • Continue LSAT Prep (if taking October test)
    • Register for LSAT (if taking in October)($$)
    • Get applications from schools (just to prepare)
  • Late Summer

Senior Year

  • Apply in the Fall (as early as you can, mid-November or earlier)
  • Pick the best law schools that fit your interests and needs
  • Attend pre-law sponsored events
  • You should apply to at least 6 schools (including 2 “safety” schools)
  • Be completely open on your application. Do NOT mislead, omit, or misrepresent yourself (If you have a legal record, you MUST disclose that information. It would be wise to explain the situation.)
  • Take test in October (if not taken in June)