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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 (hallme(at)msu.edu)

The College of Law and College of Social Science are pleased to offer a Prelaw Mentoring Program pairing law student mentors with undergraduates in order to enhance the prelaw advising experience and connect some of MSU's most highly motivated students with the College of Law.

The program is open to juniors and seniors with majors in the College of Social Science and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.1.  Applicants may just be starting to explore the possibility of attending law school or may already be committed to pursuing a legal education.  A letter of recommendation is required from a MSU faculty member or other instructor of a course in which a final grade has already been received.

All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted online by Friday, September 29, 2017, at http://www.socialscience.msu.edu/prelaw-mentoring.

Overall, the Prelaw Mentoring Program provides:

  • one-on-one mentoring of undergraduate majors in the College of Social Science by 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 schools, preparing competitive applications, choosing law schools, and other related matters.
  • unique opportunities to attend seminars and other events specifically designed for mentees by the College of Law, including periodic gatherings of all participants in the program.
  • information about various programs (e.g., webinars, speakers, and workshops) in the College of Law on the legal profession, including current perspectives on job prospects and interesting career options available to those with the J.D. degree or other degree programs based in law schools.
  • opportunities in the College of Law for prelaw advising and assistance with applying to law schools, including campus events sponsored by the Office of Admissions and webinars with experts around the nation on topics such as taking the LSAT, writing effective personal statements, and organizing successful applications.

Specific activities include:

  • a meet-and-greet reception for mentors and mentees in the Fall semester and a variety of other organized events throughout the academic year.
  • attending classes in the College of Law.
  • events hosted by the College of Law, including webinars and the Fall Information Reception.
  • 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.

 Mentee responsibilities include:

  • meeting with assigned mentors at least once each semester.
  • attending all scheduled activities, including a mandatory orientation and the meet-and-greet reception in October.
  • responding promptly to communications from mentors and the 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.

Prelaw Mentoring Program Recommendation Form
(to be completed by a MSU faculty member or other instructor from whom a final course grade has been assigned)