Pre-law Advising At Bates College
The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) works with Bates students and alumni at all stages of the legal career decision-making process. Please explore the links below and if you have questions and would like to schedule an appointment with David McDonough, please call BCDC at 207-786-6232.
Important Information you need to know
In recent years, it has been much easier to gain admission to law school (applications have fallen 37% since 2010). According to ABA statistics, there were 97,265 students enrolled in a Juris Doctor Program in 2016 compared to 128,710 in 2013.However, the employment outlook for recent graduates is challenging. For the Class of 2013, only 60% of the nation’s law school graduates found long-term, full-time jobs that required bar passage (meaning jobs where they would be able to practice law), according to the Executive Director of NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professional.This information is not meant to discourage or dissuade you from applying to law school. It’s provided so that you can make truly informed and well-considered decisions about your future. If you are considering applying to law school, you are invited to discuss your questions with Bates pre-law advisor, David McDonough. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 207-786-6232.
- Want to explore legal careers? Stanford University Law School’s SLS Navigator is available to the public online. The Navigator lets you learn about different legal fields and makes it easy to understand how practice areas are related. Visit SLS Navigator’s home page. Simply click on the tab in the lower right corner that says “Continue to SLS Navigator.”
- Create a profile on Handshake so that you can receive targeted emails from BCDC about law-related programs, opportunities, and events (this service is available to alumni as well).
- Participate in legal job shadowing through our Career Discovery In Practice program. Opportunities available on Handshake.
- Conduct informational interviews with Bates alumni who are lawyers. Locate them through the www.linkedin.com/alumni or the Bates Online Community Directory. Check out BCDC’s Guide to Informational Interviewing for tips.