The process to apply to law school is a multi-step process that should take more than a year to complete. In addition to becoming an attorney in diverse fields, law school graduates also have additional career paths open up to them. Professionals with a law degree work can work in non-profit management, health care, politics and public service. Additional career opportunities exist in industries where knowledge of the law is crucial to an organization’s operations and, ultimately, its success. Schedule an appointment with a pre-law advisor at the Hubbard Center to learn more about the available opportunities for you.
Law School Expectations
Law school will be an intensely rigorous experience. For students pursuing their degree full-time, law school will take about three years to complete (longer if attending classes part-time). For more information about what to expect during each year of law school, visit the Law Preview’s page on what to expect during each year of law school by clicking here.
Many students consider the first year of law school the most challenging. This is when you take the majority of your required classes, which also include a heavier workload than most undergraduate courses. However, your experience with classes at DePauw will be an asset, as many law professors interact with students while discussing and asking questions about readings and additional course content. During your second and third year of law school, you will have the flexibility to choose classes that reflect your particular interest in the law and ultimately your practice. For more information about applying to law school, please visit the Applying to Law School section.
Students interested in the legal profession are encouraged to pursue internships to learn more about their interests. Internships exist with nonprofits, legal offices, and different organizations involving many different areas of the legal field that may interest students. Some internships in the legal field include...
Indiana State Bar Association: The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) offers undergraduate internships working with the largest legal organization in the state. Click here to learn more...
United States Supreme Court: The Judicial Internship Program is designed to give undergraduate students interested in the legal profession exposure to judicial administration through their work with the Supreme Court of the United States. Click here to learn more...
Indiana Bar Foundation: The Indiana Bar Foundation is the charitable branch of the Indiana State Bar Association. It is dedicated to promoting access to legal services, as well as to educating future legal professionals. Click here to learn more...
The Philosophy Department fields teams - including championship-winning teams - for Ethic Bowl and Bioethics Bowl competitions. This is a great way for students interested in pursuing law school to strengthen the skills that they need to be successful. Recent DePauw graduates who have participated in these events have found their experience to be helpful with respect to admission and performance in law school. Through these activities, you will learn to think and listen critically, speak persuasively, and communicate in a compelling fashion that convincingly conveys your position. These are skills that you will use – and continue to develop – in law school. For more information, visit the Philosophy Department's website.
From Katherine Thrapp, a 2013 alumna who is now pursuing her law degree:
“I had no idea at the time, but my philosophy background and two-hour daily debate practices with the Ethics Bowl team were the best possible training I could have had for a career in law. My study of philosophical arguments and ethical dilemmas has prepared me to act as a relentless advocate for my client when necessary but also to serve as a liaison between two parties with dichotomous beliefs. I am thrilled at the possibility of using this knowledge of positive communication and compromise to contribute to the field of law.”
DePauw has numerous resources to help you plan and create your law school applications. We have some of these resources listed below. You also are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss the best ways to proceed.
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Law School Admissions Numbers
DePauw graduates have consistently outpaced their national peers in acceptance to law school. About 80% of DePauw applicants are admitted to a law school program annually. More information can be found on our Outcomes page.