Pre-Law at UC San Diego

Students interested in the legal profession have a number of resources on campus to learn and explore about the legal field, law school preparation, and mentorship opportunities. The primary office for pre-law advising and resources is the Career Services Center.  In addition, students can also obtain pre-law advising and mentorship through Student Legal Services and the Political Science Department Board of Pre-Law Advisors.

Pre-Law Mailing List: This mailing list is for students interested in staying updated on pre-law related events, news, and resources.

Upcoming events

LSAC Law School Recruitment Forum
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Location: Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

UCSD Law School Information Fair
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Location: Library Walk
Meet with law school admissions representatives from around the country and LSAT preparation companies. A panel presentation of admissions representatives will follow in the Career Services Center.

Pre-Law Advising

The Career and Professional Development team at Career Services Center empowers students to develop and utilize their self-awareness, professional development skills, and resources to identify and pursue career objectives.  Students interested in the legal profession can meet with Emily Le, the pre-law advisor, utilize pre-law resources, attend the annual law school fair, and attend career exploration panels and law school workshops.  Other services include resume and application essay critique, interview preparation, job and internship listings, alumni advisor network, industry networking events and workshops, and job fairs.  Students can make advising appointments through Port Triton.

Student Legal Services provides legal services for registered UCSD students and student clubs and organizations.  Services include free, confidential counseling on legal topics for individuals and groups, education programs designed to equip students with legal life skills and empower them to make informed legal decisions, and referrals to a private attorney.  Students interested in legal careers can pursue service-learning and internship opportunities and meet with staff attorneys for advice and mentoring

Political Science Department Board of Pre-Law Advisors are attorneys currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Political Science.  They are available for individual appointments to discuss careers in law, selection of appropriate law schools, the application and admissions processes, and other concerns regarding a career in law.

Student Organizations

There are some student groups that provide opportunities in getting exposure to the legal field and community.  Students are encouraged to explore any student group of interest and not necessarily limited to law-related groups.  A comprehensive list of all student groups and opportunities can be found at the Center for Student Involvement.  Law-related student groups include the following:

The Community Law Project is a non-profit, student-led organization that will work with undergraduate students to become more involved in law-related, community service in historically marginalized communities while preparing themselves for law school and beyond.

The Jewish Pre-Law Society aims to connect Jewish students with the resources necessary to pursue a career in law. The organization hosts workshops, LSAT practice exams and speaking engagements with local attorneys.

La Raza Pre-Law Student Association is committed to addressing issues affecting the Chican@/Latin@ and other advantaged communities and foster pre-law leaders that will be committed to social justice and helping the disadvantaged.

Mock Trial @ UCSD aims to encourage interest in law advocacy to prepare for Mock Trial competitions.

Phi Alpha Delta is a pre-law fraternity whose purpose is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under the law.

Pre-Law Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to give its members a wide variety of information as well as offer resources for students interested in attending law school.

Explore the Profession

Discover whether a law career matches your interests, skills and abilities and meets your lifestyle expectations:

Academic Preparation

There are no preferred majors and courses that guarantee admissions.  You should choose courses that challenge you to read critically, think analytically, and strengthen your writing skills.  ABA identified the following list of core skills, values, knowledge and experience that applicants can acquire prior to law school and will provide a foundation towards their professional pursuits.
  • problem solving
  • critical reading
  • writing and editing
  • oral communication and listening
  • research
  • organization and management
  • public service and promotion of justice
  • relationship-building and collaboration
  • background knowledge
  • exposure to law

While there are no preferred majors, you can take classes in a number of departments including but not limited to History, Political Science, Sociology, Law & Society, or Public Service to learn more about current legal issues in the U.S. and internationally.  Examples of elective topics include ethics, policy, societal and legal issues such as human rights, race and gender equality, etc. if it is not already covered in your major/minor/General Education requirements.  You can also consider taking introduction to logics and decision making courses and writing courses if you need to improve upon your writing, reasoning, and analytical skills.

Get Experience

Confirm your interest in law, prepare academically and develop the necessary skills and experience through some of the following:

Apply to Law Schools

You typically apply to law school about one year before you want to start the program.  You will need to identify programs that match your interests and complete an application.  Some steps take time so plan ahead! Read our Lawpdf_icon guide to learn how to prepare and apply. 

Pay for Law School

Tools to evaluate the cost of law school and how you can pay for a legal education.

Scholarship Resources

Law School Admissions Data

UC San Diego Law School Admissions History

This chart compares national and UC San Diego applicants admitted to US American Bar Association accredited law schools. Data provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), an organization of the US ABA law schools.



Admission Rates





















78,474 494 71% 76%











UC San Diego Graduates Admitted to Law School

The UC San Diego Students Admitted to Law School pdf chart provides data from LSAC on last year’s successful UCSD law school applicants.  This chart includes: the US law schools (accredited by the American Bar Association) to which UC San Diego graduates applied, were admitted, and enrolled; the mean Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score; and mean cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of those admitted. LSAT and GPA data from law schools with less than five admits from UC San Diego are not shown on this list. This list is offered as a guide and should not be used as a final determination of where to apply to law school.

Employment in the Legal Field

Additional Resources

Additional resources compiled by the UH Manoa Pre-Law Advising Center

For additional help with your professional & graduate school preparation and application, come into the Career Services Center or contact your Pre-Law advisor, Emily Le.

Emily Le
Emily Le
Pre-law Advisor