Will Huntingdon prepare me for law school?
The Huntingdon College Law Track will provide you with the knowledge, confidence, critical thinking and communication skills to be successful in law school and in a variety of legal settings. Whether you plan to practice as a corporate attorney, work in legal research, run for political office, or specialize in a branch of legal practice, your Huntingdon education will prepare you for any path you choose to take.
Because of our challenging coursework, emphasis on writing and critical thinking, and opportunities for meaningful internships, you will gain a competitive advantage for admission to law school programs. Letters of recommendation—written by Huntingdon faculty who know you personally throughout your Huntingdon academic career—will strengthen your law school school applications. Mock interviews and essay writing assistance provided by the Center for Career and Vocation and the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking, and advising by your pre-law adviser will assist you as you focus on your next step after Huntingdon.
Preparing for Law School Admission
In order to gain acceptance into a law school program, you must accomplish five things:
- Complete a bachelor’s degree in any major;
- Achieve excellent grades overall , emphasizing writing, communication, and critical thinking skills;
- Earn a competitive Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score;
- Get involved as a public service volunteer; and
- Obtain internship or work experience in a law or public service setting.
Law schools do not select students on the basis of major. Huntingdon graduates with majors in English, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, communication studies, history, political science, business administration, and a number of other majors have been admitted to law school programs. We recommend that students choose the major that interests them most. While law schools are not concerned about major, they do want to see that you have taken a rigorous plan of study. Law school is not easy, and an undergraduate curriculum rich in depth and breadth is one way students can demonstrate that they can survive the rigors of law school study.
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
The LSAT, administered by the Law School Admission Council, provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors for assessing applicants. The test consists of five 35-minute segments of multiple choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The unscored section is used, typically, to pretest new test questions. A 35-minute unscored writing sample is administered at the end of the test. Copies of your writing sample are sent to all of the law schools to which you apply. The LSAT tests reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning. You can see why critical thinking and reasoning skills are of great importance to doing well on this test.
See: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat for more information.
Law school admission requirements
Law schools base their decisions on these factors:
- The application for admission and application fee;
- Credential Assembly Service (CAS) law school report or LSAT law school report if the school does not require CAS;
- Letters of recommendation and evaluations; and
- Any additional requirements unique to the program.
A checklist and procedure for making your law school applications can be found here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/overview
Law Track Internships
Huntingdon Law Track students have interned with:
- The Office of the Attorney General, Alabama
- The Office of the Governor, Alabama
- Alabama Legislature Reading and Research Services
- The Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (Huntingdon Class of 1969)
- Numerous other offices of U.S. and state legislators, both in the state and in Washington, D.C.
- Alabama Law Institute
- Public service and non-profit organizations
- A wide range of legal practices
Law School Placements
Among other programs, Huntingdon graduates have earned law degrees in the schools of law at these colleges and universities:
- University of Alabama
- Barry University
- Boston University
- Catholic University of America
- University of Chicago
- Emory University
- Faulkner University
- Florida Coastal School of Law
- Florida State University
- Loyola University
- Mercer University
- University of Miami
- Michigan State University
- Mississippi College
- Rutgers University
- Samford University
- South Texas College of Law
- Southern Methodist University
- University of Tennessee
- University of Tulsa
- Valparaiso University School of Law
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Virginia
- Washington University-St. Louis
Notable Huntingdon law alumni:
- U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions ’69
- Leura Garrett Canary ’78, former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; Legal Counsel for the Retirement Systems of Alabama
- Frederick Frost ’81, Chief Attorney, ExxonMobil Chemical Corp.
- Kristi Dubose ’86, U.S. District Judge for the Southeastern District of Alabama
- Kimberly Keefer Boone ’92, Director of the Legal Writing Program and Legal Writing Lecturer at the University of Alabama School of Law
- Cindy Barnes Hayden ’99, Director of Governmental Affairs for Altria Client Services, Washington, D.C.; former Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
- Jan Shackleford ’85, Judge of the First Judicial Circuit Court, Pensacola, Florida
- William Stone ’78, Administrative Circuit Court Judge, Shalimar, Florida
- Brett Steele ’92, Attorney, Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta
- Dale Segrest ’64, former Alabama Circuit Judge
- Marc Starett ’90, Attorney, Criminal Appeals Division, Alabama Attorney General’s Office
- Robert (’92) and Clark (’93) Stankoski, Attorneys, Stankoski, LLC, Fairhope, Ala.
- Brigadier General (Ret.) James Mungenast ’71
- Judge Advocate General Ryan Oakley ’98, U.S. Air Force
- Joe Hubbard ’03, sole-practicing in Montgomery, former member of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Numerous practicing attorneys, partners, and legal firm share-holders practicing in Alabama and around the United States
Huntingdon Law Track Adviser: Elizabeth Hutcheon, Ph.D.