What college(s) have the best law programs in Texas?
I'm a high school student, I'm not applying to colleges yet, but I would like a headstart so that I know what colleges to apply to. #lawyer #law-school #women-in-law
Jenna Zebrowski, JD, MBA
You're ahead of the game- worry about your undergraduate degree first! Many people concentrate on an undergraduate degree related to their legal field of interest, if they know what that is- I went to school with a lot of business majors. However, I didn't have a business background, as did many of my contemporaries, so don't let that scare you. Concentrate on good grades in high school and getting into an undergraduate program where you are challenged and can thrive. Who knows if you will end up going to school in Texas, anyway? You'd be AMAZED how things can change in a few short years, including school rankings! Good luck!
Are you asking what is the best law school, or what school has the best undergraduate law program?
I'm currently enrolled in a Master's level Legal Studies program, which will also give me a paralegal certificate. Most paralegal programs are at junior colleges. It's my first semester, so it is too early to say. It's supposed to be pretty good. It's at Texas State University in San Marcos.
If you are planning to go to law school, then you can get your undergrad degree in just about any field you want, although you will want a school with a strong pre-law program. The degree itself is not usually in law. You could major in business, economics, political science, literature, etc.
Hope this helps!
Feel free to explain where you are trying to go and ask lots more questions!
Paul V.’s Answer
Texas Wesleyan University, West Texas A & M University and Wayland Baptist University
Honestly, you can get a prelaw degree at any of the excellent public universities in Texas, then choose the law school that best suits you while you work on your undergraduate. During that time you may also decide on a specialty that will help guide your law school decision!
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
- <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>
Deborah E. Johnson, Esq.
Deborah E.’s Answer
Hi! That is a great question. The short version is that you only need a bachelor degree to apply to an accredited law school. I would pick a public school (cheaper) with a great pre-law or political science program. Majoring in one of these will really help you in law school. Texas Tech and UT both have great programs. Majoring in pre-law or PS will also help you asses if this is what you really want to do with the rest of your life. Once you are a junior in college, you can start taking LSAT and researching law schools ( I highly suggest you do not limit yourself to just Texas law schools); however, if you are set on attending law school in Texas, Baylor, UT , and Texas Tech all have excellent programs but will require very good GPA as well as great LSAT scores - so keep that in mind. You do not really have the luxury to play around in undergrad if you are serious about attending a great law school. Best of luck to you!