Why study prelaw?
First-year students who express an interest in law participate in a semester-long orientation program, meeting for an hour once a week with their prelaw advisor, representatives of law schools, and practitioners in the legal profession. The purpose of the orientation is to introduce the student promptly to prelaw at UD, to acquaint the first-year student with various undergraduate majors, to discuss the nature of law school, and to demonstrate the variety of ways in which lawyers practice their profession. Then, throughout their years at UD, prelaw students are advised about appropriate course work, as well as the law school admission and selection process.
A simulated Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered at least twice a year and can be taken as many times as a student wishes. Such a test familiarizes the student with the kinds of questions on the LSAT and can be used as an effective means to diagnose the student's academic strengths and weaknesses. For juniors and seniors, the Prelaw Program sponsors a two-weekend LSAT preparation workshop twice a year. These programs have proven to be one of the most helpful and popular features of the Prelaw Program.
In the area of pre-professional development, legal internships may be available for juniors and seniors. Students spend up to 15 hours a week in a lawyer's office, assisting attorneys and gaining a feel for what the practice of law and the culture of a law firm are like. Up to three hours of academic credit are given for an internship course.
We also offer a number of other developmental opportunities. Interested students can participate in the UD Mock Trial teams. Teams compete locally, regionally and nationally, and students earn one hour of credit per semester of participation. For all students, there is the opportunity to join Phi Alpha Delta, the undergraduate prelaw fraternity, which, among its many activities, organizes programs introducing students to the variety of careers available to attorneys. Every fall the Prelaw Program also hosts the Dayton Metro Law Fair, where law school representatives from across the country come to meet prospective students and discuss their respective institutions.