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Prelaw Mentoring Program

Sponsored by the College of Law and College of Social Science

Apply_MSU_solid_shield_with_type_green_CMYK1.pngMelinda Gann Hall, Coordinator


The College of Law and College of Social Science are pleased to introduce the Prelaw Mentoring Program. This exiting new initiative pairs law student mentors with approximately twenty undergraduates per year in efforts to enhance the prelaw advising experience and connect some of MSU’s most accomplished students with the College of Law.

The program is open to highly motivated juniors and seniors with majors in the College of Social Science and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Applicants should be seriously exploring the possibility of attending law school or already committed to pursing a legal education. A letter of recommendation from an MSU faculty member or advisor is required.

All application materials should be submitted online and must be completed (including a recommendation form from a member of the faculty) by Wednesday, September 28, 2016.


The Prelaw Mentoring Program strives to:

  • Offer undergraduate majors in the College of Social Science one-on-one mentoring with students in the College of Law, who will be available to share their personal perspectives of the law school experience and offer advice on applying to law school, preparing competitive applications, choosing law schools, and other related matters.
  • Highlight various programs (e.g., webinars, speakers, workshops) in the College of Law that provide insight into the legal profession, including current perspectives on job prospects and interesting career options available to those with the J.D. degree.
     
  • Advertise opportunities in the College of Law for prelaw advising, including webinars with experts around the nation on topics such as taking the LSAT, writing effective personal statements, and organizing successful applications.

Activities include:

  • A meet-and-greet reception for mentors and mentees in the Fall semester.
     
  • Attending class sessions in the College of Law.
     
  • A law school tour and other opportunities to visit the College of Law throughout the academic year.
     
  • Messages from the Coordinator highlighting opportunities across campus to learn more about law school and the legal profession.
     
  • A reception at the end of the academic year.


Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Answering questions about a legal education and the law school experience.
     
  • Providing suggestions on how to become a better student and succeed in the law school admissions process.
     
  • Responding promptly to communications from mentees.
     
  • Establishing a respectful professional working relationship with mentees and others associated with the program.
     
  • Providing feedback at the end of the academic year so that the program can be evaluated and improved.
     

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with your mentor at least once each semester.

  • Attending all scheduled activities, including a mandatory orientation and the meet-and-greet reception in Fall.
       >In 2016-17, the orientation will be held on Thursday, October 6, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
       >In 2016-17, the meet-and-greet reception will be held on Friday, October 21, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Participating in at least one webinar in Fall and one in Spring. These events are listed on the webpage of the College of Law and include:
       >“Should I Become a Lawyer” on October 19.
       >“Recommendations for Assembling Competitive Law School Applications” on October 26
       >“Pathways to Becoming a Professional” on November 8.

  • Responding promptly to communications from mentors and the Program Coordinator.

  • Always behaving with the highest levels of respect and professionalism with mentors and others associated with the program.

  • Being mindful of the time constraints of mentors, including their exam schedules and other deadlines.

  • Providing feedback at the end of the academic year so that the program can be evaluated and improved

 

APPLY TO THE PRELAW MENTORING PROGRAM