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Preparing for Law School

Many McDaniel College undergraduates aspire to a career in law or civil service that makes law school a natural next step. Our close proximity to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C., provides dynamic and distinctive law-related internships. Our superior Pre-Law Advising program ensures that you're ready for the next step, with LSAT preparation and early experiential opportunities. You'll stand out in law school applications with McDaniel's unique major and minor combinations and a nuanced background in every one of your interests. 


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Pre-Law, Your Way

Experiential learning opportunities, enhanced mentoring, and professional skills development – key features of the McDaniel Commitment – combined with the flexibility of the McDaniel Plan curriculum make McDaniel an ideal place to pursue pre-law.

McDaniel has a strong history of success in preparing students for legal careers. In recent years, McDaniel students have been admitted to elite law schools across the county, including Boston College, Cornell, Emory, Notre Dame, William & Mary, and many others. McDaniel students have done particularly well gaining admission to the many excellent law schools in nearby D.C., including American University, Georgetown, George Mason, and George Washington.

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of McDaniel students who apply to law school are accepted.

Getting Ready

McDaniel College is committed to helping you pursue a legal career in three key ways: deciding if law school is the right choice for you, getting into law school, and gaining the skills to succeed in law school.

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Professor Matthew Mongiello and McDaniel students at the 2022 Maryland Student Legislature session in Annapolis.

Academic & Real-World Exposure to Legal Fields

McDaniel is uniquely located near seats of local, state, and national government. You will have the opportunity not only to study lawmaking and litigation in the classroom, but also to observe the law in action at Maryland’s 5th Circuit Court in Westminster, the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis, the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and more.

McDaniel’s 150-year history has built a large network of alumni and associates, including sitting judges and civil rights lawyers, who frequently offer lectures, events, and classes at the college. In 2016, the campus hosted talks by then NAACP President and Civil Rights Attorney Cornell William Brooks on the Black Lives Matter movement and by Maryland Appeals Court Judge Lynne Battaglia on gender, sexuality, and the law. In 2017, lectures were presented by celebrated civil rights attorneys Victor McTeer (McDaniel class of ’69) and James Bell, as well as Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the first female Chief Judge of Maryland’s highest court.

Crafting a Competitive Application

We support you in building your academic record, preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and assembling your application materials to get you accepted to law school. Law school admissions are primarily concerned with applicants’ LSAT scores, GPA, and letters of recommendation. At McDaniel, pre-law students do not take a fixed curriculum and can pursue their academic interests and strengths, allowing them to maximize their GPA. To aid LSAT preparation, McDaniel provides advising, workshops, and practice testing to help students maximize their LSAT scores. McDaniel’s small liberal arts environment prioritizes close relationships between faculty and students, meaning our professors are able to write highly effective, personalized letters. Finally, our pre-law advisors provide individual counseling and group workshops on the application process, and are happy to assist students in selecting prospective law schools and to provide feedback on personal statements and other application essays.

Graduate Ready to Succeed

We ensure that you leave McDaniel with the academic skills needed to succeed in law school. Law schools consistently report that the best preparation for law school is a broad liberal arts education that focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, logical reasoning, verbal and oral communication, as well as exposure to the politics, history, and values that underlie American legal institutions. The McDaniel Plan ensures students this exposure, and the Pre-Law program provides an additional list of recommended courses that will expose students to legal writing and research, debating, court opinions, international law, and other legal topics.

Your Pre-Law Advisors Personalized Counseling Each Step of the Way

Dr. Kathryn Dobson

Dr. Kathryn Dobson teaches Legal Writing and Approaches to Everyday Discourse in the English Department. She has worked as a consultant for D.C. area law firms and is recognized for her scholarship.

Dr. Matthew Mongiello 

Dr. Matthew Mongiello teaches Constitutional Law in the Political Science and International Studies Department. He is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.

Pre-Law Support

McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) offers a wide array of services, including panels with legal professionals, networking events, internship matching, job shadowing, visits to area law schools, scholarship information, mock interviews, and more. As part of the McDaniel Commitment, the CEO guarantees students will be provided with experiential learning opportunities that can help prepare students for law school.

The Pre-Law program offers workshops on LSAT preparation and the law school application process. The program also coordinates a practice-LSAT test to help students improve their test-taking comfort and efficiency.

Additionally, the Financial Aid Office offers students exit counseling to help them understand what professional school means for their undergraduate financial aid.

A Pre-Law Society for You Join the McDaniel Pre-Law Society

McDaniel’s Pre-Law Society allows students interested in legal careers to network, stay up to date on law-related events, and organize group study.

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Experiences in Law McDaniel junior selected for prestigious summer law program

Jasmin Chavez has been on a steady climb to her goal of becoming an immigration attorney since she arrived at McDaniel — and the summit came into even clearer focus with her early acceptance to the Summer for Undergraduates program at Florida State University College of Law.

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Alumni Spotlight Diego Weiner ’13 Exceptional Outcomes

Criminal defense attorney Diego Weiner ’13 first gained a foundation in Political Science and International Studies at McDaniel before heading to law school and picking up the family legacy at his father's law firm in Miami. When legal cases take him abroad, his global knowledge and passion for criminal defense become invaluable tools for seeking the whole story.