The practice of law is an ancient, noble, and proud profession. Some of the world’s
most admired people have been lawyers, from the Roman philosopher and republican theorist,
Cicero, to Peter Angelos, the highly regarded asbestos attorney and owner of the Baltimore
Orioles, to several presidents of the United States. The profession can offer fulfillment
and maybe even high income. But it’s very competitive, from applying to law school
all the way through to retirement.
This guide will help you understand what the practice of law demands from you and,
ultimately, help you decide whether you want to pursue it. Here are some steps to
1. First, think about how you might answer these questions:
- Why do you want to be a lawyer? What drives you to apply to law school?
- Do you have preconceived notions about getting into law school, attending, passing
the bar, practicing law?
- Do you intend to practice as an attorney, or will you use your law degree as a tool
in other fields?
- Do you intend to use your law degree by working as a civil servant (political, social
or government work)?
Take some time to consider these questions practically as well as thoughtfully. If
you’re not yet ready to consider them, keep them in mind as you approach your application
to law school, and talk with a prelaw adviser, fellow students, law students and lawyers
to get a better sense of your answers.
2. Review this prelaw guide. It covers how to prepare and apply to law school, get
financial aid and career options. It will answer many of your questions and help you
formulate others. Remember, this is only a first step to take as you formulate questions
about your plans and intentions.
3. Make an appointment to see a Towson University prelaw adviser any time before
the end of your junior year. We recommend that you read the prelaw guide before speaking
to your adviser.
Principal Prelaw Adviser
Liberal Arts (LA) 3241
Liberal Arts (LA) 3234
4. Join Towson’s Prelaw Society . Formed in 1987, its leaders bring many fascinating and educational speakers to
campus, including prominent area lawyers, judges, and state's attorneys. Meetings
have featured mock law school classes and visits to the United States Supreme Court.
The Society publishes the online Prelaw Blog, http://wp.towson.edu/prelawsociety/, throughout the academic year.
5. Investigate law schools. Admissions officers from various law schools, including
University of Baltimore and University of Maryland, visit Towson every fall, usually
in October. You can attend these information sessions and hear about their law school
programs. This information is helpful even if you aren’t yet sure you want to go to
The Prelaw Advising Program at Towson University is not a major. It is not designed to allow students to pre-professionalize
while they are undergraduates. It assists students through the very beginning of a
process that can at various times be frustrating and exhilarating, maddening and stimulating.