Nine men sitting around the corner edge of a court room. A young blonde woman in nice clothes is standing at a podium reading off papers while a judge listens from behind his desk.A student interested in law should acquire a solid educational background which includes the humanities, history, social sciences, mathematics, and language skills. English studies are of proven special importance. A recommended program of study for a pre-law student would include courses in literature, speech, a year of accounting, and advanced courses in composition or creative writing. Valuable skills to focus on are reading comprehension, analytical skills, and communication skills.


The Institute for Career Readiness and Lifelong Learning offers a variety of information for the prospective law student. Catalogs of many law schools across the country are on file, along with resources to help you write your personal statements. Through a computer program, it is possible to search for a law school which matches one's criteria for size, location, and available financial aid.

Some of the law schools attended by DC graduates include:

Capital University
Mercer University
Ohio State University
University of Dayton
University of Toledo
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School


In the fall semester of the junior year, the student should obtain the booklet published by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). LSAC administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is required by all American Bar Association (ABA) approved law schools.

The LSAT is offered four times per year. Students are strongly urged to take it in June before their senior year or the next October.

Not only does LSAC administer the entrance exam, it also offers the official guide to U.S. law schools. The guide assists the student in preparation for the exam, applying to law school, and the study of law. Booklets and an LSAT study guide are available in the Institute for Career Readiness and Lifelong Learning.

The LSAT will challenge every student's academic abilities. Students interested in attending law school should consider intensive preparation for the LSAT well in advance of the examination date. LSAT preparation materials are available through LSAC or retail bookstores. In addition, accredited study courses are available to assist the student.

It should be noted that the LSAT may be taken more than once. The scores are combined and averaged, however, making it difficult to significantly raise your score on repeated attempts at the exam.


Stephen Clouse, Ph.D.