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Frequently Asked Questions

Students contemplating going to law school face many challenges.  Here are a few of their most common questions:

SHOULD I GO TO LAW SCHOOL?

The rigors of law school might be for you. To find out, MBC Pre-Law advisors suggest:

  • Gaining first-hand practice in one or more legal environments; think summer jobs or internships. Here are a few local spots that offer great experience:
    • Private law firms
    • City of Staunton Circuit Court Clerk Office
    • Staunton/Augusta County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
  • Talking with knowledgeable attorneys.
  • Shadowing more than one attorney to get a feel for the job.
  • Taking it slow. Many students have benefited from full-time employment as a paralegal after completion of their bachelor’s degree. Life is not a race: be certain of your compatibility with the profession before undertaking the large expense of going to law school.

WHAT CAN I DO AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TO PREPARE TO SUCCEED IN LAW SCHOOL?

According to the Association of American Law Schools, there is no specific pre-law major or pre-law curriculum. MBC agrees.

  • We offer a strong liberal arts foundation as the best undergraduate preparation for the study of law.
  • Consider courses and majors that require you to write essays that are evaluated on the basis of their reasoning and supporting evidence.
  • Select a major in which you can succeed: High grades are valued in the law school admissions process.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE TO SUCCEED AS AN ATTORNEY?

Understand people, especially learn how to work with and motivate others, is important to success as an attorney.

  • Consider courses with the following emphases:
    • psychology
    • social processes
    • businesses
    • accounting
    • writing
    • research
    • reasoning
    • communication
    • public speaking

WHICH LAW SCHOOLS HAVE ACCEPTED MBC STUDENTS IN THE PAST?

The rigorously academic liberal arts education at Mary Baldwin gives our students an edge, wherever they decide to go. Here is a small sampling of law schools MBC alumnae/i have attended:

  • University of Virginia
  • George Mason
  • William and Mary
  • Regents
  • Washington University in St. Louis