Law schools require a baccalaureate degree. They do not require a specific undergraduate major, but seek students who are broadly educated. Admission is selective based primarily on GPA, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Law schools want students who excel in oral and written communication; understand economic, political and social institutions; and have well-developed objective and critical thinking skills. Western’s General University Requirements are intended to aid students in honing these skills.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), normally required of applicants to American and Canadian law schools, is offered throughout the year at various sites, including the Western campus. Information about applying to law school and registering to take the LSAT may be obtained from LSAC.org. Students should plan to take the LSAT late in their junior year or early in their senior year. Check LSAC.org for the most current information. Some law schools allow students to use GRE scores as a substitute for LSAT scores.
Fairhaven students are eligible to pursue a Law, Diversity, and Justice concentration (major). The Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice (CLDJ) in Fairhaven College offers law-centered academic and extracurricular opportunities. Non-Fairhaven students are eligible to apply for the Law, Diversity, and Justice minor, which then allows them to participate in these opportunities, including internships. For more information on the CLDJ and the LDJ curriculum, contact Professor Ana Cecilia Lopez, Ceci.Lopez@wwu.edu, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dr. Paul Chen, Department of Political Science, Arntzen Hall 436, 360-650-4876, Paul.Chen@wwu.edu. chss.wwu.edu/political-science/pre-law-advising
Prof. Ana Cecilia Lopez. Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Fairhaven 330, 360-650-3016, Ceci.Lopez@wwu.edu. fairhaven.wwu.edu/center-law-diversity-and-justice