What Do I Need to Do at Bucknell to Study Law?
Your education should include courses that provide opportunities for critical analysis, logical reasoning, and written and oral expression. Law schools will look at the intensity and depth of your undergraduate program and your capacity to perform well at an academically rigorous level.
Law schools will absolutely consider your grade point average, so try to take courses you find intellectually stimulating. These are the courses in which you're likely to excel.
Is Bucknell’s Legal Studies Minor Required to Attend Law School?
No. The legal studies minor won't increase the probability of acceptance at law school, but many students interested in law find the courses in the minor intellectually stimulating.
The legal studies minor requires at least five courses, including one from each of these five categories:
- Case law
- Law & social science
- Legal theory
- Philosophical foundations of law
No more than three of these courses may be in a single department. Courses applied to the legal studies minor may not also be applied to the student's major.
What Extracurricular Activities Will Help Me in Law School?
As with selecting a major, there are no preferred activities from the perspective of the law schools, but your involvement in activities and employment is a great opportunity to develop the skills recommended for law school and a legal career.
Bucknell offers a variety of clubs and organizations, including a Mock Trial team, Bucknell Student Government and a Pre-law Club.
When selecting an extracurricular pursuit, consider these skills that the American Bar Association calls essential:
- Critical reading
- Writing and editing
- Oral communication and listening
- Organization and management
- Public service and promotion of justice
- Relationship-building and collaboration
- Exposure to the practice of law