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Supporting MIT Pre-Law Students

MIT students and alumni touring Harvard Law School

MIT students and alumni touring Harvard Law School (Photo: Deborah Liverman)

Although many MIT graduates go on to careers in STEM, many pursue other professional paths—including law. In the 2017-18 application cycle, 37 students from MIT, including seven seniors, applied to law school. Through pre-law advising and programming, Career Advising & Professional Development supports these students (and alumni, as well) by helping them explore law school and submit their applications.

A number of CAPD events offered this fall have been designed to help students who are interested in law careers. Earlier in the semester, students and alumni visited Harvard’s campus for an information session and tour of Harvard Law School. Events at MIT included a visit by the associate director of JD admissions from New York University Law School, and an info session and one-on-one meetings with Yale’s director of JD admissions. For those interested in career options after law school, the associate dean for academic planning, career development, and community engagement at New York Law School visited MIT to give a presentation on legal job opportunities for lawyers with STEM backgrounds.

The spring semester will include a talk by Boston University’s director of admissions about how to prepare for and apply to law school at various stages in the process, from exploring law school, to building the skills needed for law school, to submitting the application. A group of MIT alumni who currently attend BU’s School of Law will also join the event to connect with current MIT students.

If you know of students who are interested in exploring law school and careers in the law, please encourage them to take advantage of what CAPD has to offer. Students can register for events and sign up for advising appointments on CareerBridge.

—Tianna Ransom, CAPD