Applying to Law School

How do I decide if I should go to Law School?

Deciding whether or not to go to Law School is a big and complex decision.  A number of factors should be considered, including:

  • Your career goals
  • Your financial status
  • Your desire to continue in school for another three years
  • The current legal market

Here are ways explore the legal field at Northwestern:

  • Meet with Northwestern’s Prelaw Adviser to discuss your skills, interests and values and how they might align with a career in the legal field. You can schedule a Pre-Law Advising appointment on Handshake.
  • Engage in experiential and extracurricular opportunities offered at Northwestern which include:
    • Shadow alumni in various industries including law through the NEXT Externship Job Shadowing Program
    • Participate  in the Chicago Field Studies/Legal Field Studies Program. This NU based program coordinates full-time internships for credit in legal fields, as well as part-time internships in social justice, civic engagement, and community research, among other programs.  An internship through CFS can be a great way to learn about a law-related field, gain work experience, and link your academic and professional interests.
    • Join Student Organizations and take on a leadership role
      Law related organizations at Northwestern include:
      • Northwestern Phi Alpha Delta co-ed prelaw fraternity
      • Northwestern Women in Law
      • Northwestern Mock Trial
    • Northwestern University School of Law : Our own law school in downtown Chicago serves as a valuable resource for our undergraduate students who want to learn what law school is like first hand. You can schedule a visit to tour the school, sit in on a class, and speak with law students.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews with Northwestern Alumni in the legal profession. You can identify alumni to reach out to and get contact information through the following platforms: