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Pre-Law Advising

Lebanon Valley College students have done very well at a variety of law schools. Over the years, LVC students who have excelled academically have attended Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, Stanford, Washington and Lee, and William and Mary law schools. Our graduates have also studied at several of Pennsylvania's fine schools of law, including Penn State Dickinson, Temple, Villanova, Duquense, Drexel, and Widener. LVC alumni have pursued legal careers with corporations, government, and in private practice, while a number have entered politics.

Students should consult with the pre-law advisor well before commencing the law school application process. The pre-law advisor, Dr. Philip Benesch (prelaw@lvc.edu), will help you decide when to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and which law schools may suit your interests and qualifications. The LSAT is required for acceptance at American Bar Association-approved law schools. The LSAT is administered four times during the year, typically in February, June, October, and December, and it may be taken at an officially approved test center in Pennsylvania. To register for the LSAT, and for the law school Credential Assembly Service, please follow the steps detailed on the Law School Admission Council website (www.LSAC.org). Here is a very convenient checklist of steps to be taken by applicants.

For many, it will be beneficial to take an LSAT preparation course. LVC has teamed with Kaplan to offer practice LSATs online at various points during the year (register for this practice test through this link). Kaplan will provide practice test feedback and may suggest preparation courses following the practice test. We strongly recommend that before taking the LSAT students complete PHL 280 Logic, a course required for the Law and Society minor.

In addition to an applicant's LSAT score, law schools will consider his or her GPA, transcript, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. No single major is identified as an ideal preparation for law school; rather a broad liberal-arts curriculum is preferred, with courses known for significant reading, writing, and thinking challenges being particularly valued. Please check regularly our News for Law School Applicants page, where announcements regarding law school recruitment events and other pertinent recent information will be posted. Also, please consider a Prelaw internship as you prepare your law school application. Keep in contact with the pre-law advisor, Dr. Philip Benesch (prelaw@lvc.edu), as you develop your plans for law school. Dr. Benesch has an office on the second floor of the Humanities building (HUM 206).