The pre-law program at Providence College is an advisory program for any student, regardless of major and graduation year, who is considering the law as a possible career, preparing to apply to law school, or applying to law school in the current application cycle. Each year, a substantial number of PC students and alumni consider pursuing the study of law. Because the process of applying to American Bar Association-approved law schools nationwide is competitive, students interested in exploring a career in law are encouraged to register and meet with the pre-law advisor well in advance of the senior year.
Generally, pre-law advising services include the following:
Law schools assess a number of factors during the admission process. There is no established pre-law curriculum and there are no specific educational requirements for entrance to law school. Rather, law schools place a premium on the application that demonstrates rigorous undergraduate preparation in a major area or areas of study chosen by the applicant.
An applicant’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score are key objective criteria evaluated by law schools, mainly because they provide a numerical basis for comparison to other applicants. Once an applicant’s GPA and LSAT score qualify him/her for closer scrutiny, schools also consider subjective criteria during the decision-making process. These subjective criteria include the personal statements and letters of recommendation, especially those letters submitted by faculty members. An applicant’s experience is another subjective factor that may encompass a broad range of activities, including curricular and extracurricular activities, internships, employment, and community volunteer work. Experience can be a valuable assessment tool because it serves as evidence that the applicant has relevant skills and motives, and is likely to contribute to the overall strength and diversity of the incoming class.
Courses in law are offered through the departments of Economics, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology, as well as through our Health Policy and Management and Labor-Management Relations programs. In addition, the College provides pre-law advising for students interested in pursuing law school after graduation.