UNT will remain closed through Thursday (Feb. 2) at its Denton and Frisco campuses. Road conditions are hazardous and will continue to deteriorate in the freezing, icy weather. All classes, including online and in-person, are canceled.
People who pursue law degrees may work:
Lawyers are needed in virtually every business and at all levels of government to interpret rules and regulations. If you have scientific expertise or are interested in information technology, you may work on intellectual property and copyright issues. Increasingly, people with a legal education enter careers that don't involve practicing law. A law degree also allows you to work as a librarian, lobbyist, financial specialist or educator.
Our alumni have attended some of the nation's top law schools. Graduates include:
Law schools often want students with diverse personal and academic backgrounds. For that reason, students with any major are eligible to apply to law school. UNT offers a wide range of courses that strengthen your writing, reasoning, communication and analytical skills and prepare you for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
Several courses provide a deep understanding of certain types and aspects of law. For example, you can take courses on the American legal system, constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court and international law through the political science department. The G. Brint Ryan College of Business teaches courses on business law and international transactions. Courses in UNT's Department of Criminal Justice cover most areas of criminal law.
UNT offers a wide variety of study abroad programs, internship programs, a Moot Court team, a debate team and a student chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, all of which prepare you for law school.
The Office of Pre-Law Advising provides guidance as you progress through your course work and the application process. Individual and group advising sessions are offered, as well as workshops to assist you with the decision-making and application processes for law school.
Law school applications are generally filed during the fall semester the year before you intend to enroll in law school. As a result, the LSAT should be taken in June before your senior year or in October or December of your senior year. High LSAT scores are the most important component for getting into a top law school.
Law schools are very competitive. Your GPA should be better than a 3.0 for most law schools and better than a 3.7 for top law schools.
Law schools also evaluate your work experience, résumé, activities and awards during college, personal statement and letters of recommendation. As a result, it's important to be engaged in campus and community activities and build relationships with faculty members.