Pre-Law

What is a Juris Doctor (J.D.)?

A J.D. (Juris Doctor) is the perfect degree to lead to a range of law-related careers and can be an important background and stepping stone for careers in government, business, higher education, health care, communications, and many other fields. Legal Practice is intellectually challenging and requires the use of ethics, reason and judgment.

How do I prepare for law school?

  • Choose a major that interests you. This is your opportunity to study what you really like. Law schools will look at how you performed in your discipline. A solid GPA will be expected—especially in your major. Taking courses outside your major also demonstrates an intellectual curiosity that is important for law school.
  • Create opportunities for yourself to provide service to others, participate in research, join the pre-law club, and volunteer to work at law firms. Take initiative and show leadership.
  • Contact Wendy Vonnegut, MU's Pre-Law advisor, as soon as possible!  She can help you get started in your preparation.  Reach her at (910) 630-7491 or wendy@methodist.edu.

What core skills & values do I need for law school?

A sound foundation for a legal education includes important skills, values, and knowledge. The American Bar Association indicates the importance of these skills including:

  • Analytic/problem solving skills
  • Critical reading
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication/listening abilities
  • Research skills
  • Task organization/management skills
  • Interest in public service and promotion of justice

For additional Information:

Program Faculty & Staff

Wendy Vonnegut, Associate Professor of Legal Studies

Wendy Vonnegut, J.D.

Director, Legal Studies Program
(910) 630-7491
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