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You could be early in your college career, just starting to think about law school as an option. Or had your heart set on being an attorney your entire life. It's also possible you are near the end of your undergraduate degree and only recently decided on a new direction toward the field of law. In any of these cases, our professional advisors in the Academic Advising Office can provide one-on-one, pre-law consultations for Plattsburgh students who are law school bound.
Partially for that reason, the Academic Advising Office can provide directions and referrals for SUNY Plattsburgh students across campus wishing to pursue law school.
Some students follow a more traditional pre-law path, with majors such as Political Science, Communication Studies, or History. It is not uncommon for law school applicants to study in other disciplines such as music, anthropology, literature, or ecology. (In fact, it's possible that the issues raised in your major -- such as gender & women's studies, environmental science, economics, etc.--were what ignited your interest in causes and issues with legal implications.)
It is important to law school admissions that you immersed yourself in a "rigorous course of undergraduate study" -- one that challenged and interested you, and facilitated a broad based knowledge of the world (like your General Education program does).
Regardless of your undergraduate major/minor, there are key knowledge and skill areas that best prepare you for the demands of law school, including
In concert with your primary academic advisor, our advisors can help to guide your curriculum choices based upon your specialty interests, background, and the useful information our office maintains from the American Bar Association and the Law School Admissions Council.
Our staff utilizes a wide variety of resources to assist you, including:
To discuss your law school intentions, and to review the guidebooks we have available, call 518-564-2080 for an appointment.
On the Web: For the most up-to-date testing (LSAT) and Credential Assembly (LSDAS) registration information, go to http://www.lsac.org/
At any stage of your law school planning, it's good measure to spend time surfing key websites that describe law school admission trends, timelines for planning & applying, and acceptance rates/average scores for schools of interest.
One of your first online stops should be the Law School Admission Council site - an essential portal of information. There is an especially helpful link on "Thinking about Law School" for those of you in the early stages of planning.
On the LSAC site, you may set up a secure account that gives you access to:
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is administered four times each year (June, October, December, February). SUNY Plattsburgh is a published LSAT test site for TWO of those test dates (June and October); the next closest sites in the US are Canton, NY and Albany, NY.
You may register for the LSAT administered at SUNY Plattsburgh, and you do not need to be a SUNY Plattsburgh student to do so. When you register online using the LSAC web site, select Plattsburgh, NY (test site code 3177).
NEXT TEST DATES (with REGISTRATION DEADLINE):
Office Location: Feinberg 101-103
Phone: (518) 564-2080
Fax: (518) 564-2079