Prelaw Mentoring Program

The College of Law and College of Social Science are pleased to sponsor a Prelaw Mentoring Program partnering current MSU Law student mentors and other key personnel in the law college with undergraduates at MSU who are interested in law. The goals of the program are to enhance the prelaw advising experience, to provide expert assistance in preparing law school applications, and to connect some of MSU’s most highly motivated students with the College of Law.  

 

The 2021-22 program will be facilitated in a hybrid modality providing opportunities for program participants to engage and connect in various manners throughout the duration of the program.

 

The program welcomes applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors within MSU. Applicants may be exploring the possibility of attending law school or may already be confident of their pursuit of a legal education.  

 

To Apply: 

  • Complete the online application and submit the form electronically as indicated.
  • Each application must be supported by a letter of recommendation. To facilitate the recommendation process, first talk with the professor and ask for a recommendation. Then, as you complete the application form for the Prelaw Mentoring Program, list your recommender’s name and email address in the appropriate spaces. Once the Prelaw Mentoring Program application is submitted, the recommender will receive an online link to complete the recommendation. All recommenders must be faculty members or other instructors with whom the applicant has completed a course. Academic advisors, coaches, employers, and mentors are not appropriate for this purpose.

 

All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted online by September 10, 2021, at Application for the Prelaw Mentoring Program (jotform.com). Consider applying early to provide faculty members ample time to submit their letters by the September 10th deadline. 

  • Program Overview
    • One-on-one mentoring of MSU undergraduates by current MSU Law students, who will be available to share their personal perspectives on the law school experience and offer advice on applying to law schools, preparing competitive applications, choosing law schools, and other related matters.
    • Special opportunities to attend seminars and other events specifically designed for mentees by the College of Law, including attending classes. 
    • Opportunities withthe College of Law and other sources for prelaw advising and assistance with applying to law schools, including webinars with experts in the College and around the nation on topics such as taking the LSAT, writing effective personal statements, organizing successful applications, and career opportunities for those with the J.D. degree. 
  • Specific Activities
    • A welcome and orientation for mentees as well as a meet-and-greet with current MSU Law mentors at the start of the Fall semester.This year’s opening reception will be Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • A variety of other organized events throughout the academic year.
    • Attending classes withthe College of Law. 
    • Events hosted by the College of Law, including webinars and Spartan Law Preview Day.
    • Messages from the Coordinators and the College of Law highlighting opportunities across campus to learn more about law school and the legal profession.
    • An end-of-the-academic-year celebration for those who successfully complete the program.  
  • Mentee Responsibilities
    • Participating in all scheduled activities, to the extent allowed by class schedules and other responsibilities.
    • Responding promptly to communications from mentors and the coordinators.
    • 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 when requested throughout the academic year so that the program can be evaluated and improved. 

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For more information, contact:

PROFESSOR MELINDA GANN HALL, COORDINATOR (hallme@msu.edu)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS, COLLEGE OF LAW, KIMBERLY WILKES, COORDINATOR (wilkeski@law.msu.edu