Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center

Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center at UT Dallas

We at the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center are here to help you make informed decisions about your academic and personal preparation for law school and a legal career. Although Pre-Law is not a major and we cannot do your degree planning or register you for classes, we can offer guidance for pre-law students from your first year at UT Dallas, through the law school application process and on to your eventual matriculation to law school. Our services are available to all current UT Dallas students and alumni, and those students involved in the Comet Connection program. There are no requirements or registration involved to be a pre-law student at UT Dallas although we strongly encourage students to meet with us at least by the beginning of their junior year. We maintain an email list to keep our students informed of our activities and to pass along helpful information. If you would like to be on the list, please send an email to Margaret Swigert.

The Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center offers a variety of services and programs tailored to your stage in the application process. We offer various workshops on topics of interest to pre-law students as well as speakers from throughout the legal practice spectrum, an Innocence Project seminar and three nationally-recognized advocacy programs. Additionally, we are always happy to meet with students for individual counseling sessions. Please see our contact information on the Contact PLARC page.

Get a Head Start on the Admissions Process!

UTD’s Annual Law School Fair, hosted by the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center in cooperation with the Career Services Office and the John Marshall Pre-Law Society, offers a unique opportunity for students, alumni and professionals considering law school to meet with admissions representatives from law schools across the country.

Please join us to:

  • Meet representatives from law schools all over the country
  • Learn about different program opportunities
  • Obtain detailed information to help you evaluate schools
  • Get your admissions questions answered

Don't miss your chance to meet face to face with the people making your admissions decisions and to discover the program that is right for you.

Suggested attire for this event is business casual.

  • View a list of participating law schools
    • American University - Washington College of Law
    • Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
    • Arizona Summit Law School
    • UALR Bowen School of Law
    • Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
    • Ave Maria Law School
    • Baylor Law School
    • UC Davis School of Law
    • UC Hastings College of Law
    • University of California, Irvine School of Law
    • Case Western Reserve School of Law
    • The Catholic University of America
    • Chapman University School of Law
    • Charleston School of Law
    • CUNY School of Law
    • Univ. of DC David A. Clarke School of Law
    • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    • Florida Coastal School of Law
    • Florida State University College of Law
    • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra Univ.
    • Howard University School of Law
    • The University of Houston Law Center
    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    • Indiana Univ. Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    • University of Iowa College of Law
    • The John Marshall Law School
    • University of Kansas School of Law
    • Kaplan Test Prep
    • University of Kentucky School of Law
    • University of LaVerne College of Law
    • Lewis and Clark Law School
    • Liberty University School of Law
    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
    • LSU Law Center
    • Marquette University Law School
    • Mercer University School of Law
    • Mississippi College School of Law
    • The University of Mississippi School of Law
    • University of Missouri School of Law
    • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • University of Nebraska
    • New England Law | Boston
    • University of New Mexico School of Law
    • New York Law School
    • Univ of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill
    • Notre Dame Law School
    • Nova Southeastern Univ. - Shepard Broad Law Ctr.
    • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    • The University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • Oklahoma City University School of Law
    • University of Oregon School of Law
    • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    • Penn State Law
    • Penn State’s Dickinson Law School
    • Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Princeton Review
    • Roger Williams University School of Law
    • Saint Louis University School of Law
    • University of San Francisco School of Law
    • Santa Clara Law
    • Seattle University School of Law
    • Seton Hall University School of Law
    • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • SMU Dedman School of Law
    • South Texas College of Law
    • Southern Illinois University School of Law
    • Southwestern Law School
    • St. Mary's University School of Law
    • Stetson Law
    • Syracuse University College of Law
    • University of Tennessee
    • The University of Texas School of Law
    • Texas A&M University School of Law
    • Texas Tech University School of Law
    • Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego)
    • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
    • University of Tulsa College of Law
    • University of Washington School of Law
    • Valparaiso University Law School
    • Vanderbilt Law School
    • Vermont Law School
    • Villanova University School of Law
    • Wake Forest University School of Law
    • Washburn University School of Law
    • Washington and Lee University School of Law
    • Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School
    • Western New England University School of Law
    • Western State College of Law
    • William & Mary Law School

Event Details

SWAPLA Law School Fair
October 24, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

UTD Visitor Center (VCB) Atrium
University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

Guests, please visit the Visitor Center for a temporary parking pass.

Law School Representatives, please email for a parking pass and parking information, as well as any shipping information you may need.

Download the event parking map (PDF).

Questions? Contact at 972.883.4607.

Academic and Pre-professional Advising

  • Discuss intellectual and personal interests to determine if law school is a good choice
  • Recommend classes that can prepare you for law school and legal practice.  To register for classes, please visit the academic advisor in your major.
  • Offer resources and information about the law school experience
  • Advise you about LSAT preparation, timing of your test administration or retaking the test, if necessary
  • Recommend extracurricular activities or internship opportunities that may enrich your undergraduate experience and inform your career choices

Law School Application Preparation

  • Explain application procedures, including LSAT and CAS registration
  • Help you devise an application strategy, including where to apply
  • Help you narrow your choices and request letters of recommendation that will round out your application
  • Advise applicants about compiling a cohesive, complete application
  • Brainstorm ideas for personal statements and offer feedback
  • Suggest addenda where appropriate

Assistance After Applying to Law School

  • Advise students about how to communicate with law schools to get the information they need about their application and/or financial aid status
  • Advise students about evaluating multiple admissions and/or scholarship offers
  • Help students navigate the financial aid process
  • Help unsuccessful applicants evaluate their applications and devise a reapplication strategy