Pre-Law Advising

The Center for Pre-Law Advising helps Rollins students get admitted to an accredited law school, preferably to their first-choice law school.

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Law schools desire students with broad intellectual interests and select challenging courses.

About Pre-Law Advising

Pre-law advising at Rollins exists for four reasons: to help students get admitted to an accredited law school, preferably to their first-choice law school; to counsel students with regard to every aspect of the law school application process; to counsel students who are making graduate school and career choices, and who may be considering the study of law; and to offer students legal internships before they make a final decision about attending law school.

Students are invited to schedule appointments as often as is reasonably necessary and to start the counseling early in the freshman year, preferably in the first week or two of classes. You should make it a point to schedule appointments at least once or twice every year so that we can not only address your questions, but keep you abreast of new and changing law school admission information. Parents are always welcome to attend meetings with you.

Contact Us

Eric Smaw

Director of Pre-Law Advising
French House – Room 202
T. 407.691.1752
esmaw@rollins.edu

Pre-Law: What Is It?

It is not a specific program or course of study. The term is a signal indicating that one wishes to attend law school following the successful completion of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in an accredited college or university. None of the American Bar Association's (ABA) accredited law schools require a specific course of study or specific course(s) as a prerequisite to law school admission.

At Rollins College, a student may choose a major field of study from many disciplines, including self-designed majors. A graduate of Rollins College who has satisfied all of the College's requirements for the bachelor of arts degree will have completed the minimal requirements for admission to any ABA-accredited law school. A graduate who has majored in history or physics or philosophy or politics stands on equal footing, for admission purposes, with a student who has majored in theater, foreign language, biology, sociology, or any other of the majors offered by the College.

Services

The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the services provided by the Rollins College Center for Pre-Law Advising. It is a compendium of the services that we offer every year and is in addition to the one-on-one student-adviser conferences. Each program listed is usually repeated at least one time during each academic year.

General Orientation Meeting

Although aimed primarily at freshmen, this meeting serves all students who may be considering law school. The meeting centers on what it means to be a "pre-law" student and how to devise a meaningful plan of study that will facilitate law school admission. All freshmen will receive notice of the time and place of the meeting (usually held in the second or third week of the fall term) through their RCC class, on our official website, and by mail. A registration process takes place at this meeting, from which a mailing list is compiled. Being on the pre-law mailing list means that you will be mailed announcements of special events, activities, workshops, changes in the application process, and material of related interest.

Letter of Recommendation Service

Students can begin obtaining letters of recommendation during their freshmen year and have them placed on file.

Special Workshops

Strongly geared to those in the last term of the sophomore year or new juniors, these workshops update students on the latest Law School Admissions Council application requirements and services, provide an overview on how to develop an application strategy, and review the latest LSAT Registration Book, and other materials from RCCPLA. Help is offered in the selection of a pre-law preparation course. Up-to-the-minute information on admission criteria with features of virtually all of the American Bar Association-endorsed schools is distributed and discussed. The latest edition of the Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools is made available to each participant, and instruction on its practical uses in the selection of law schools is a central feature of the program.

Alumni Insight

We provide evaluation information offered by our alumni about the law schools they are attending. We obtain this information from surveys we conduct each academic year.

Informational Sessions

Sessions are conducted regarding special programs, including joint degree law programs.

LSAT Practice

On the first Saturday in November, we administer the official LSAT examination that was actually given in the previous June by the Law School Admissions Council. Each examination is graded and a confidential and private one-on-one analysis of the student's performance on the examination is provided, along with suggestions about courses and action to take to improve performance.

Course Selection

Working with your adviser, we are always pleased to offer assistance to students in selecting courses within their major field, but with particular emphasis on elective courses that will help the student prepare for greater success on the LSAT and also serve as a good foundation for the first-year study of law.

Resources

Testing Services

Princeton Review Information on the LSAT, law school in general, and programs/publications from Princeton Review
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LSAT FlexPrep Information on first LSAT prep programs available over the internet.
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Paralegal Education

National Federation of Paralegal Associations Site for paralegal career information, educational programs, job postings, and online newsletters.
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Comprehensive Law Sites

Law Services Web page of Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  Convenient link to Reggie to register for the LSAT, subscribe to LSDAS, and order a variety of LSAT preparation tools, legal education books, and law school application software (LSACD).
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Internet Legal Resouce Guide Expansive site with information on law schools, LSAT preparation, application strategies, rankings, and pre-law guides from various colleges.
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Hieros Gamos (Pre-Law section) Comprehensive list of links to sites for law schools, law firms, bar associations, legal journals, and much more; a bit overwhelming, but a good way to explore what is available on the internet; five language choices.
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National Association of Legal Assistants Contains career and certification information for legal assistants.
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Miscellaneous Related Sites

American Bar Association Comprehensive site with information ranging from bar admissions and statistics to post-ID education and study-abroad programs.
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Council on Legal Education Opportunity Contact info and details regarding this program, which is designed to assist economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals who experience difficulty in gaining admission to law school.
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National Association for Law Placement A good site for employment trends in the legal field, salary surveys, and legal recruitment activities.
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Canadian Law Schools A practical resource for prospective law students created by the Council of Canadian Law Deans; includes links to individual schools, a map, and a searchable directory of Canadian law teachers.
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Phi Alpha Delta Law International Fraternity Information on Phi Alpha Delta, including its Pre Law Program for undergraduates interested in law; information on chartering a Pre Law chapter of PAD.
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U.S. Department of Education Homepage (Financial Aid Section) General information on federal financial aid followed by specifics on loan, grant, work-study, and other programs; includes a link to the FAFSA form.
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