Office of Career Services

Law School & Law Careers Links

Considering a career as a lawyer? Because there are no coursework prerequisites for law school, many people apply without really understanding what a legal education and career as a practicing attorney are really about. We highly encourage students thinking about law school to be sure they want to pursue law as a career. Networking, job shadowing and internships with lawyers are all good ways to explore the field. Numerous Southwestern alumni work in law and can serve as points of contact.

 

American Bar Association Legal Specialization Areas - Profiles different legal specialties.

FindtheBest.com Law School Comparison - An expertly rated directory of 195 law schools (Source: American Bar Association Official Guide)

First Day of Law School Tutorial - SMU’s online tutorial is designed to help prospective law students understand the Socratic method of instruction used in law schools.

Internet Legal Resources Guide - A categorized index of more than 4,000 legal Web sites intended to be a comprehensive resources of information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the US.

Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) - Detailed information on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Law School Data Assembly Services (LSDAS).

Law School Podcaster - A free podcast program providing information, insight and advice on the law school admissions process. You can listen to shows from the website or download them from iTunes and other podcast directories. Get relevant information through regular audio segments for those planning to apply to law school. Topics cover everything a law school applicant wants to know, including a detailed behind-the-scenes view of the admissions process, post-law school job opportunities and current market trends. Guests include law school deans, faculty, authors, consultants, recruiters, alumni and current students.

LawyerEdu.org - Step by step requirements on becoming a lawyer or attorney, by state

Legal Jobs - Search for jobs and internships in the legal industry.

National Association of Legal Placement - Provides placement statistics of graduates of member law schools (most ABA-approved law schools are members). NALP’s mission is “Preeminent leadership and expertise in legal career planning, recruitment and hiring, employment and professional development worldwide.”

Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools - The American Bar Association and Law School Admission Council produce this searchable database. LSAT and GPA ranges, Bar passage rates, faculty-student ratios and other statistics for all ABA-approved schools are available.

Petersons.com - Searchable directory of graduate school programs, including law. Also click on “Advice Center” and scroll down to “Law School” for articles to help you prepare to apply to law school.

Pre-Law Handbook - This site enables college students to decide whether they want to become lawyers and guides to law school those who do. One chapter of this website contains exclusive rankings of law schools. This website has no ads.

Pre-Law Advising - UT Liberal Arts Career Services’ page of resources for Pre-Law majors, including annual Law Fair, LSAT, researching law schools, etc.

Texas Young Lawyers’ Association - Great assistance for new lawyers and those considering law careers

Texas State Bar Association - Find contact information for networking purposes for SU alumni practicing law in Texas. Contact Career Services to get alumni contact names.

TopLawSchools.com - Tips for law school applications, rankings, articles, LSAT preparation help, personal statement help and more on this free site.

Westlaw - Westlaw is the leading online legal research service, providing the broadest collection of legal resources, news, business and public records information. Westlaw offers free and fee-based services and resources.

When Fear Knocks: The Myths and Realities of Law School - by Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of law, offers this article about what law school is really like.