FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE YEARS -- Learn, Explore, Study, and Earn Good Grades!

  • Attend seminars and informational meetings sponsored by the Academic & Pre-Professional Advising Center.  Note that law schools do not look for any particular major or minor.  It’s most important to study in a subject area that interests you, and one in which you will do well academically.
  • Join the Stony Brook Pre-Law Society.  Visit their blog at http://www.stonybrookprelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Make every effort to adjust successfully to the academic rigors of college so that you can begin building a record of solid, positive academic achievement.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is your goal.  The higher your GPA, the better.  Stay focused on why you are in college and where you want to go.
  • Participate in at least one positive, enriching co-curricular activity on campus, especially one in which you demonstrate your leadership abilities. 
  • Expand your vocabulary.  In addition to maintaining good grades, read a good, current law-related novel every semester, read the New York Times every weekday, do a crossword puzzle (the Tuesday New York Times is a worthy goal).  Sign up for the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Word of the Day (www.m-w.com) and/or Wordsmith - A Word A Day (e-mail: wsmith@wordsmith.org).  Try to avoid being a TV addict; studying and general reading are far more productive and more like what you will be doing in law school.
  • Pursue internships and other opportunities to gain information and experience about careers in the legal profession. 
  • Bookmark and review the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website (www.LSAC.org).