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Preparing for and applying to law school requires an investment of time, energy, and finances. Hopefully, you will start the process of applying to law school after you have explored the legal profession and have come to the reasonable conclusion that it will provide a fulfilling career path for you.

Questions to help you evaluate your interests in the legal field:

Out of Classroom Experience

While prior legal experience is not required for law school admissions, acquiring some law-related experience, be it in a law firm or law related nonprofit organization, is a good idea because it will help you gain clarity about your decision to attend law school. In addition, you will develop the following skills that are essential to success in law school and beyond:

  • Verbal and written communication
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Research
  • Organization and time management

When you are exploring opportunities, select ones that engage you rather than ones you think will impress law school admissions committees. Here are some ideas:

Campus Affiliated Opportunities:

Outside Organizations:

Experience can be developed during your time at UC Berkeley and after you graduate as it is not uncommon for students to take 1-3+ years to gain professional experience before pursuing law school. In many cases, this can strengthen your overall application.