Pre-law advising is a service of the University Advising Center. The program is designed to assist pre-law students in the process of preparing for and applying to law school. Areas of support include:
- Sharpening academic skills
- Navigating the application process
- Preparing and registering for the LSAT
- Writing the personal statement
- School selection
- Letters of recommendation
Pre-law advisors can also provide students with resources to explore the field of law and other resources for aspiring lawyers and law students. Many of these resources can be found on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.
Pre-law majors and minors
Though law schools do not require a specific major, your choice of major should be based both on interest and challenge. The best majors are those that require research, analysis and synthesis, written presentations, as well as broad and in-depth reading. In short, you should choose a major, a minor, and certainly individual courses, that will teach the skills required by the LSAT. Pre-law advisors can assist you with making these decisions.
Minor in Law
In addition to the pre-Law minor offered through the Department of Philosophy (CLAS), Wayne State University is the only school in the state, and the Midwest, to offer an undergraduate program specifically in law. The minor in law program blends the strengths of WSU's Law School, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mike Ilitch School of Business, and School of Social Work. Students will cultivate a skills toolkit that will provide added value to any employer and give them a distinct edge when entering the job market. More information on each Minor in Law program can be found on the minor in law page.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the standardized test required by all American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law schools. The ABA is the accrediting agency for most American and some Canadian and Australian law schools. The ABA, along with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), superintend the LSAT.
The LSAT tests for skills in three broad categories: Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. Written composition is also a component of the LSAT.
The LSAC has numerous suggestions to help you prepare for the test. You can find a wealth of information, including future test dates, on the LSAC website. The LSAT is given multiple times a year. Many law schools require that the LSAT be take by December for admission the following fall. However, taking the test earlier is often advised.
For the Wayne State University Law School, the LSAT can be taken during the year of admission. Consult the Wayne Law admission site for the current cycle's LSAT deadline.
The LSAC facilitates the law school admission process through an online, centralized, application system on its website. Students are encouraged to use the LSAC's Choosing a Law School webpage and online search tool to assist with school search, evaluation and selection.
The main considerations involved with school selection include GPA/LSAT competitiveness, tuition cost, school location, faculty, areas of legal specialties, and program flexibility (part-time options, evening courses, etc.).
Students interested in meeting with a Wayne Law admissions representative, can complete a request form on the Wayne Law admissions site.
Pre-law advising services at WSU provides programming and one-on-one assistance with the law school application process including the process of soliciting letters of recommendation and writing the personal statement. Information on upcoming Personal Statement Workshops can be found on the UAC's Upcoming Workshops page.
WSU Pre-law student organizations
Pre-law students at Wayne State University are encouraged to become active in the WSU Pre-law Student Association. Information on the organization, current leadership, and contact information can be found on the WSU Dean of Students Office Student Organization portal.
Meeting with a pre-law advisor
Current WSU students wishing to schedule an appointment with pre-law advisor Arnelle Douglas in the University Advising Center can go to stars.wayne.edu and complete the following steps:
- Select "advising" for type of appointment
- Choose Supplemental Advising
- Select "Pre-law"
Prospective students (incoming transfers and rising freshmen) can contact the University Advising Center at 313-577-2680 and request an appointment with Mr. Arnelle Douglas for pre-law advising.