Pre-Law

The Mary Baldwin University Pre-Law experience requires open-minded focus, determination, and creativity. Mary Baldwin is committed to ensuring that students are prepared for the rigors of law school and have the skills needed to conduct a successful professional career.

Buoyed by self-confidence, alumna Jimena Hernandez decided to pursue her passion after graduating from Mary Baldwin in 2010 at University of South Carolina School of Law.

Jimena HernandezMy time at Mary Baldwin taught me one thing above everything else — how to empower myself. The academic education is phenomenal, but what really sets me apart from my peers is that I’m not afraid to be bold, be confident, show my compassion, and make the change I want to see in the world.
– Jimena Hernandez ’10

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, Mary Baldwin 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. Mary Baldwin 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 Mary Baldwin 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 Mary Baldwin alumnae/i have attended:

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

Helpful Links

American Bar Association  

The Law School Admissions Council

The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

US News & World Report: Best Law Schools

Timeline (courtesy of UC Berkeley): Stay on track in the application process.

LSAT Preparation