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Preparation for Law School

At Vassar, pre-law advising is handled by Jannette Swanson and Stacy Bingham in the Career Development Office (CDO), with faculty support from Professor Jamie Kelly in the Philosophy Department. Students interested in law-related careers should seek out these advisors to discuss any questions they have with respect to pre-law studies and the law school application process.

Although Vassar has designated advisors for students interested in law school and a legal career, it does not recommend a special pre-law curriculum. Unlike medical school, there are no specific courses required or suggested for entry into law school. Instead, law schools want students with a broad liberal arts education and a demanding major, not those who have taken a particular series of courses. A broad education means selecting courses from a variety of curricular divisions and departments. Just as there is no specific group of courses to take to prepare for law school, there is no single discipline in which students should major.

The CDO has a variety of resources available to help students explore their interest in legal careers, schools they can apply to, and opportunities open to them after law school. Additionally, the office can help students connect with law-related summer opportunities and alumnae/i working in the field of law.

For more information, please stop by the office (located in Main S-170), visit the Career Development website, or email cdo@vassar.edu.