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Pursuing A Legal Career Resources

AFS can provide Bobcats with information, tips and professional guidance when thinking about or deciding to pursue a legal career. To make a legal career advising appointment with an attorney, call our office at (512) 245-2370. Be sure to have your student ID # (ex: A01234567) available to schedule an appointment.

Pre-Law

Pre-Law at Texas State University

The Student Learning Assistance Center at Texas State provides an abundance of resources for students interesting in pursuing a legal career. If you’re interested in scheduling an advising appointment, please complete the following Intake Form.

Suggested Courses for Pre-Law Students

Here are some courses recommended you take to prepare you for law school.

Pre-Law FAQs

The Department of Political Science has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about pre-law and law school applications.

What Can I Do with A Law Degree?

Texas State’s guide to career opportunities available with a law degree, which includes legal internship search links.

Employment Outlook

The National Association for Law Placement provides statistics and advice on the industry.

Helpful Links for Minority Students & Women

Provides resources for diversity initiatives, as well as student associations for women and minorities.

The State Bar of Texas: Becoming A Lawyer

The State Bar of Texas’ brochure on how to become a lawyer and career options available after graduation.

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s preeminent law fraternity because of their dedication to service: service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community. Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International strives to be the premier legal professional organization with a diverse membership that cultivates leaders and serves as a voice for the role of legal professionalism in our society.

LSAT EXAM

Create an LSAC Account

One of the first steps in applying to law school is making an LSAC account.

Registering for the LSAT

Provides a link to register for the LSAT, as well as registration deadlines for each administration.

LSAT Preparation

Using your LSAC account, you can access free Official LSAT Prep materials including: 2 full free Official LSAT PrepTests, unlimited practice with the authentic test interface, self-paced and simulated exam modes, practice test history, and instant scoring feedback.

LSAT Preparation at TXST

The Student Learning Assistance Center offers a variety of LSAT preparation resources so you can decide which one best fits your needs.

An Overview of the JD Application Process

Applying to law school requires planning. LSAC provides a timeline and description of each stage of the process for applying to a JD program.

Types of Law Programs

A legal education can open up new and interested career opportunities. Law schools offer a variety of degrees or certificates to match your goals—and your schedule.

What You Can Expect from Your Law School Experience

Most law schools share a common first-year approach to educating lawyers, with much more variation in the second and third years, such as opportunities for specialized programs, judicial clerkships, legal externships, participation in clinical programs and moot court, and involvement with public interest and governmental agencies.

Preparing for Law School

There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. Students come from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. LSAC provides advice for how you can start preparing for law school.

Free Resources for Aspiring Law Students

Provides free resources from LSAC and other organizations that you may find helpful as you pursue a legal education.

 

Before Law School

Preparing for Law School

There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. Legal education welcomes and values diversity, and you will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view that your colleagues will bring to the classroom.

LSAT or GRE for Law School?

The American Bar Association (ABA) is considering changes in law school accreditation standards that may make admission tests other than the LSAT an option.

Personal Statements

Offers tips for writing effective personal statements.

Finding the Right Law School

Provides resources for evaluation of law schools.

Financial Aid

Offers financial aid resources, including scholarships and student loans.

Texas Law Schools

St. Mary's School of Law

At St. Mary's University, they combine their tradition of excellence in legal education with new programs and methodologies that prepare their students for the practice of law in a changing world.  St. Mary's teaches its students the practical skills that enable them to become professional leaders and effective advocates of legal social justice.

University of Texas School of Law

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883.  The Law School started with two professors and 52 students in the basement of the University's Old Main building.  The Law School has since grown to more than 1,400 students and offers Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees.

 

Texas Tech School of Law

The mission of the Texas Tech University School of Law is to educate and train individuals for the ethical practice of law in the 21st Century; to engage in productive, effective scholarship, both within their academic community and within the larger academic communities throughout the state and nation; and to render public service.

University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center combines excellence, diversity and a great location in Houston, the 4th largest U.S. city and home to one of the world's largest legal markets.

South Texas College of Law/Houston

One of the largest private schools in the country.  South Texas is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Texas A&M University School of Law

Not only do students at Texas A&M University School of Law receive a quality legal education, but they are also given a variety of outlets to build a strong sense of community among the student body.  With more than 30 diverse student organizations, finding a group in any area of interest is easy.  Texas A&M also offers pro bono programs.

Baylor Law School

Ranked fifth in the nation for advocacy by U.S. News and World Report, Baylor Law School is a professional school that combines theory with practice and nurtures a commitment to service and responsibility.  Established in 1857, Baylor is centrally located in Waco, Texas.  Every year, Baylor law students achieve one of the highest bar passage rates in the country and enjoy an excellent career placement rate.  Law firms, courts and government agencies recognize that graduates of Baylor Law are equipped with the problem-solving techniques and practical, hands-on lawyering skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Texas Bar Associations

As law student and attorney it is important to join a local, state, or national bar association. These associations are extremely beneficial to its members because the associations often provide mentorship, legal resources, networking opportunities, legal education and trainings that are either free or at a reduced cost.

Austin Bar Association

Offers a lawyer referral service and helpful information about the city, county and state.

San Antonio Bar Association

Offers a family law handbook for the public, links to law libraries, pro bono representation, civil and criminal rules of procedure, local court rules and other legal resources.

Houston Bar Association

Provides contact information for advice-by-telephone and lawyer referral services.

Dallas Bar Association

Provides free legal resources, lawyer referrals, and other Dallas community resources.

El Paso Bar Association

Offers lawyer referral services and local news.

Hays County Bar Association

Offers networking between Hays County attorneys and the Jacks-Garner Scholarship for professionalism.

Tarrant County Bar Association

Provides telephone advice and lawyer referrals in the Fort Worth area.

Texas Bar Association

Offers information concerning pro bono services, tenant issues, family law and consumer protection.

Texas Young Lawyers Association

Educational materials "For the People", "Service to the Public" as well as legal publications.