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Preparation for the Study of Law

Experience

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Law schools look favorably upon mature candidates who have ventured into the "real world," overcome hardships, endured challenges, and generally acquired some perspective on life. This includes work experience before, during, and/or after undergraduate studies, internships, study abroad, advanced degrees, parenting, travel, military service, etc. Experience that is law-related can be a plus, but is not necessary. A delay between the undergraduate years and law school is often considered favorably. The average age of students at many law schools is 24 through 26.

These "extras" that applicants bring to a law school are often discussed in the crucial personal statement and resume.

For information on internships, click here.

For general information please consult the following HPPLC publications: