Preparation for Law School
At Vassar, pre-law advising is handled by Mario Roman, 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. Additionally, the office can help students connect with law-related summer opportunities and alumnae/i working in the field of law.
Students interested in law should specify this as an industry preference on Handshake (the CDO’s job/internship database and event calendar) to receive targeted communications about pre-law events.