Information and resources for Castleton students considering a career in law
Castleton's Pre-Law Program equips students to gain entrance to law school and pursue a successful career in the legal profession.
Law school applicants have traditionally majored in History, Political Science, Philosophy, English, Business, or Psychology, but any major offers good preparation for pre-law students. Law schools seek undergraduates who have a liberal arts degree and possess strong skills in writing, reading, research, and problem solving. Because of the breadth and depth of Castleton’s academic program, students who are successful here are highly attractive to law schools.
Pre-law students are encouraged to join the Pre-Law Club and consult often with the Pre-Law Advisor, Professor Rich Clark. Castleton also provides many opportunities for pre-law students to participate in relevant extra-curricular activities (e.g. student government), do internships, and network with professionals in the field.
Vermont Law School is home to the country's top-rated environmental law program, among other specializations.
Any Castleton University student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is guaranteed admission into any Vermont Law School masters program (Master of Environmental Law & Policy, Master of Energy Regulation and Law, Master of Food and Agriculture Law & Policy).
Vermont Law School guarantees admission into their JD program to any Castleton student whose GPA and LSAT score equal or exceed the median GPA and LSAT score of the current JD class at VLS.
Castleton University and Vermont Law School offer a dual-degree program leading to a Bachelor’s degree in three years at CU and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in two years at VLS. This 3+2 program enables highly focused students to earn both degrees and embark upon a law career in a total of five years (instead of the usual seven), thus saving much time and money. For more information, see the Law Degree page in the CU catalog.
Paralegals and Legal Assistants from O*Net (occupation information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor)
All Criminal Justice Schools.com has links to Paralegal Resources
Official LSAT Test Prep from Khan Academy
(in association with LSAC)
In the Learning Express Library database, click on College Students, then Prepare for a Graduate School Entrance Exam, then LSAT eBooks or LSAT Practice Tests. (Subscription resource, available through any Vermont library.)
How to prepare for the LSAT from the Law School Admission Council
Some free content, some for a fee:
Ebooks through CU EBSCO ebook collection: