Hey Auntie, I’m about to be a senior this year and I need help in discovering what colleges would be the best for me to major and develop in Indian Law.
Hey there! Well, I’m stoked you’re thinking about this in advance. We can certainly use you. 🙂
Here are some things to think about if you want to get into Indian Law:
- Undergrad programs – you’ll need to first complete an undergrad program before thinking about what law school you’ll want to attend. You don’t have to go to the same school for either undergraduate or graduate and sometimes this is not encouraged.
- Pre-requisites & LSAT- You can study any major and be eligible to apply for law school so long as you take the required pre-requisites and take the LSAT, which is a standardized test you’ll be required to take as part of your law school application. So, you’ll want to let your freshman advisor in on your plans and they can make sure you’re set up for applying to law school.
- Law schools – in thinking about law schools you’ll want to think about whether you want to attend a public, private, or ivy league law program.
- Public Colleges: Arizona State, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and University of California system law schools have good Indian Law programs. ASU, UNM, and UA have specific programs that recruit Natives to their schools and have robust Indian Law programs.
- Ivy League: Stanford is good and probably others that I am not aware of. Keep in mind that Ivy League schools will be substantially more expensive than public schools.
- How to get into Law School – It’s good that you’re thinking in advance about applying to law school because you’ll want to hit the ground running. This means doing well during your last year of high school to get ready to apply to colleges. Talk to your school counselor for help. They can point you in the right direction and let you know what colleges have Native recruitment programs for high school students.
- During your undergraduate program you’ll want to maintain a:
- High GPA – especially during your last 60 credits
- Score a high LSAT score
- Apply to Law School – every school has different requirements, but generally you will have to:
- Complete an online application
- Write an exceptional personal statement.
- Go through an interview process
Best of luck to you and thanks for writing in!