Gettysburg College is committed to helping students who are interested in pursuing careers in the legal field. While there is no designated major or program curriculum (nor is it necessary for entry into law school), faculty and staff are available to help students navigate the challenges of preparing for and applying to law school.
Gettysburg provides many resources for students, including:
- Personalized advisement when thinking about and planning for Law School
- Law School Planning Guide (PDF)
- Courses dealing with legal issues and social responsibility
- LSAT preparation
- Pre-Law Club
- Gettysburg College Mock Trial Association
In addition to the resources listed above, the Center for Career Development works closely to help students gain exposure and hands-on experience through job shadows, externships, campus programs with alumni/parents in the legal field, and more! Combining academics with opportunities such as these, students are able to explore the field of law in a broader sense and build skills that will serve them well in law school or in other professions they wish to pursue.
Students who are interested in pre-law advising should contact Tiffany Kurzawa, Assistant Director/Pre-Law Advisor in the Center for Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As there is no designated pre-law major at Gettysburg, students are encouraged to take courses and select a major that they are passionate about, are challenged in, and enjoy – all of which should lead to academic success. While there are a few majors that may seem ‘typical’ in choosing a law school path, many law schools aren’t focused on your particular major, so find something the fits your interests!
Courses (or extracurricular activities) that involve research, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking are great to consider. You’ll be expected to do a lot of each of these in law school and it is important to practice these skills.
We’ve put together a few course options to consider, which can equip you with some knowledge and skills for taking the LSAT and/or attending law school.
- American Government (POL 101)
- Economics course
- Logic (PHIL 211) OR Critical Thinking (PHIL 103)
Courses of Potential Interest:
- LAW 250 Criminal Justice
- LAW 260 American Trial; Reality and Media Mirror
- AFS 367 Black Men, White Law
- BUS-363 Business Law
- HIST 334 Law and Society in United States History
- HIST 424 Race on Trial
- OMS 338 The Bandits of Wall Street
- OMS 395 Organizational Ethics
- OMS 417 Law and Organizations: Property, Liberty, and Society
- PHIL 105 Contemporary Moral Issues
- PHIL 222 Philosophical Perspectives on Justice
- PHIL 230 Ethics
- POL 221 The Politics of Public Policy
- POL 225 American Constitutional Law
- POL 322 Civil Rights & Liberties
- SOC 212 Deviance, Diversity & Difference
*Please review the course catalog for availability, as not every course is offered each semester or every year.