- What is involvement?
- How can involvement help me with law school?
- Do law schools prefer one type of involvement more than others?
- To find and join student organizations
- To find opportunities to volunteer
- To find research opportunities
- To research and join a pre-law student organization
What is involvement?
Involvement is a broad term that includes activities that allow you to engage with the UW-Madison and local communities. Examples include, for example:
- Joining, forming, and/or leading a student organization;
- Undertaking research with a professor or TA;
- Participating in student government (including committee and intern positions);
- Playing sports at any level;
- Playing in a University band or orchestra;
- Singing or dancing with a University group;
- Joining a fraternity/sorority;
- Working part-time/interning;
- Joining a FIG;
- Studying abroad.
How can involvement help me with law school?
Many of the skills that you develop through involvement can better prepare you to succeed in law school and the practice of law. Law schools realize the value of involvement and will review your application to see how you chose to get involved during college.
It’s important to note that law schools prefer that you show a depth of involvement, not necessarily a breadth of involvement. So don’t just become a serial joiner. Instead, choose activities that you will want to devote significant time to and that might offer opportunities for you to develop skills in communication, leadership, organization, problem-solving, or other skills relevant to law school.
Do law schools prefer one type of involvement more than others?
No. Rather than wanting to admit a class full of law students with similar experiences, law schools prefer to admit applicants with a diversity of backgrounds. They prefer that you both seek out the types of involvement that most interest you and that you make the most of those experiences. So regardless of the type of involvement you choose, you should use it as an opportunity to develop the types of skills that will benefit you in law school.
To find and join student organizations:
To find opportunities to volunteer:
To find research opportunities:
To research and join a pre-law student organization:
Questions? Email Pre-Law Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
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