Santa Clara University

Pre-law

Pre-Law Honors Program

Santa Clara University School of Law, in conjunction with the Santa Clara University
Undergraduate Honors Program
, has established a Pre-Law Honors Admission Program (PLHAP), which addresses the needs of academically gifted students who wish to pursue a career in law. Honors Program students should notify the Director of the Honors Program (Professor William Greenwalt) and the Director of Pre-Law Advising (Professor Lawrence Nelson) of their interest in PLHAP as early as possible in their college careers.

With the assistance of a law fellow appointed by the SCU School of Law, undergraduates in PLHAP will be provided with a variety of opportunities, which may include shadowing SCU law students, attending law school classes, being introduced to law faculty, receiving invitations to attend interesting events at the Law School, acting as witnesses in Trial Practice class, visiting court proceedings, attending moot court sessions, and serving as volunteers at the Alexander Community Law Clinic and the Northern California Innocence Project.

An Honors student who meets the following criteria will very likely be admitted to the SCU School of Law and considered for a SCU Law Honors Scholarship:

1. Distinguished participation in the SCU undergraduate Honors Program;

2. A strong academic record, graduating from SCU with a 3.40 or higher GPA;

3. A letter of certification from the Director of the Honors Program; and

4. A satisfactory LSAT score (approximately the 25th percentile score of the incoming first year class; this was a 156 in 2012).

Applicants must complete all admissions requirements in a timely manner, including submitting an application before the February 1 priority deadline, filing their transcripts with the Credential Assembly Service (the CAS, like the LSAT, is administered by the Law School Admission Council), and meeting any seat deposit deadlines.