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College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Law Advising

About the Office 

The Office of Pre-Law Advising assists students who may be interested in a legal career by providing advice and assistance at all stages of the application process, from exploring whether to pursue a career in law to completing law school applications and deciding which school to attend. The Office also puts on law-related events such as visits from law school admissions personnel and informs students about law-related events in the local area. 

About the Director 

Geoffrey Upton, J.D., Ph.D., is the pre-law advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences, and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs. Professor Upton received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in December 2017, with a focus on political theory and public law. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Professor Upton practiced law in New York City for five years, in both the public and private sectors, and spent one year in Berlin, Germany, on a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship. He also has professional experience in journalism and publishing. He is available to meet with students during the office hours posted outside Jubilee Hall Room 520, and via email at [email protected].

Law School Admission Process 

Deciding where to apply, or where to attend law school once you have been accepted, is a very important and highly personal decision. Many factors must be considered, including cost, location, school reputation and school profile. You can find much of the information you need on the Law School Admissions Council website. Look at the "Choosing a Law School" tab on the site. More »