Pre-Law Topics & Resources

Meet with the Pre-Law Advisor

Dr. Stacy Taninchev
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Political Science
taninchev@gonzaga.edu
509-313-3610

To schedule an individual appointment with the pre-law advisor, please contact directly via email or phone. Students interested in law school are also encouraged to attend one of CPD’s weekly Pre-Law Information & Learning Sessions. View the schedule and register on Handshake.

Prepare for the Application Process

Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
In addition to being a great resource for students considering law school, this organization also acts as a centralized application processing service, known officially as the Credential Assembly Service. Think of it as the “Common App” for most U.S. law schools.

LSAC: GPA and LSAT Score Search
This site allows students to input their undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and LSAT score to determine the likelihood of gaining admission into most U.S. law schools.

Register for the LSAT via LSAC
Most law schools still require the LSAT, but there are a growing number that accept the GRE. This website also provides test prep resources. 

LSAT Fee Waiver Information
The Fee Waiver information for students is outlined on the LSAC website. Candidates need to fill out a fee waiver application and provide supporting tax forms and other documentation, as requested by LSAC. The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Only those with extreme need should apply. Please note that LSAC does not release the criteria used for evaluating and approving a fee waiver application.  Each approved LSAC fee waiver will waive the following fees:

  • two LSATs (test dates must fall within the two-year fee waiver period
  • one CAS registration, which includes the Letter of Recommendation Service and access to electronic applications for all LSAC-member law schools
  • four CAS Law School Reports (available only after final approval of an LSAC fee waiver)

Boost Your Resume through Service, Involvement & Leadership

Zagtivities
Get involved with on-campus organizations, such as the Pre-Law Society, to develop leadership skills, meet other students and learn more about your particular career interest.

Debate Team
Contact Glen Frappier, Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies and Director of Debate at frappier@gonzaga.edu.

Mock Trial
Contact Dr. Vikas Gumbhir, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology, at gumbhir@gonzaga.edu.

Model United Nations
Contact Dr. Stacy Taninchev, Associate Professor of Political Science, at taninchev@gonzaga.edu.

ListServs
Be sure you are signed up for relevant university e-mail communications, such as the CPD pre-law listserv. To sign up, email careers@gonzaga.edu.

Center for Community Engagement
Explore service opportunities on and off campus. Browse by commitment type (weekly service, service immersion, and flexible / one-day options) or interest area. 

Learn About Professional Organizations & Associated Schools

American Bar Association (ABA) Approved Law Schools
This link provides a list of law programs approved by the American Bar Association, with links to each school’s website. 

Explore Career & Professional Development Resources

Handshake

  • Utilize the career management platform to schedule one-on-one Appointments with the Professional and Graduate School Program Manager, and to register for Events such as workshops, information fairs and panel presentations.
  • Search for internship and student employment opportunities to strengthen your application for law school. 

Interview Stream

  • Practice your interview skills by video recording yourself answering a variety of questions, then watch your interview and score yourself using a rubric and scorecard. We have crafted specific questions related to a variety of pre-professional careers, such as law school admissions.

Guide to Writing Personal Statements (PDF – coming soon)

Access University Resources

Academic Advising & Assistance
This office provides academic support to undergraduate students through in-class instructions and individual academic advising sessions. Contact this office for questions about course selection.

Pre-Law Information (Admission)
This page provides general information about the pre-professional law “track” at Gonzaga University.