*** Pre-law advising is closed for the holidays and will resume after the start of the quarter. Please note the changes to our pre-law drop-in shifts for winter quarter below and note that most appointments will be virtual, either by phone or zoom.
A message from our Pre-Law advisors:
Law is a complex, competitive field that remains a popular career option among students at UCSB. If you are attracted to the law profession, we invite you to meet with us to explore your interests in law and discuss an individualzed plan tailored to your interests, goals, and personal circumstances. UCSB’s Pre-Law Advising program is designed to help students in three general ways, through individual advising meetings and a variety of events: 1) exploring your interests in law, 2) planning considerations at all points of your academic program and support during the application process, and 3) beyond the admissions process, discuss considerations for preparation and a successful transition to law school. Please note that we advise and provide support to current UCSB students and alumni, as well as undergraduate and graduate students accross our three UCSB colleges that are interested in going to law school.
If you are interested in pursuing law, whether you are a current student or alumni, we encourage you to connect with us through the resources listed below:
- Pre-law virtual drop-in days and hours - For brief, urgent, or time-sensitive questions discussing one or two topics, sign up for virtual drop-in/phone-in meetings during these time blocks exclusively: Mondays 1:00 - 3:30 PM and Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:30 AM through this QLess link. As soon as you sign up, during one of these time blocks, we will call you back within minutes (virtual drop-ins are NOT scheduled in advance and are only available during these time blocks).
Please note that pre-law adviding is generally closed during the first two weeks of each quarter--however, for those applying in the current cycle--with a plan of starting law school in fall 2023--you can arrange an early advising meeting by email request, see our emails below.
- Half hour pre-law appointments scheduled in advance (regular quarters only) through this different appointment scheduling link: Outside of the pre-law virtual drop-in blocks noted above, to schedule a half-hour phone appointment in advance, you can select this appointment scheduling link. If phone is inconvenient for any reason and you would like to meet via Zoom, please email the pre-law advisor with whom you scheduled the appointment to request a Zoom link.
(Pre-law advising is generally not available during the first 2 weeks of the quarter, we start on the third week. However, please feel free to email us if you need to meet with us earlier during that 2-week period to discuss any urgent or time-senstive questions, such as finizisng your materials which you need to submit ASAP for this current application cycle).
--Summer pre-law appointments outside of drop-in hours are scheduled by email request only--see emails below--
- Talk to people who have a connection to the legal profession. This is the best way to get an insiders perspective on what it's like to practice in given field of law. One recommendatin is connecting with lawyers you may know or have access to through your social networks and ask them what it's like to practice in that field. You also have access to many UCSB alumni in law through the Gauchos in Law Group, throguh the UCSB Gaucho Network. Lawyers in the group will indicate their willingness to connect with you. It is never too early to begin connecting with lawyers. To prepare for these conversations, or 'informational interviewing', meet with Careers Services for tips.
- Consider visiting Career Services office, which is another helpful resource for students exploring law. There, a career advisor with a focus on law can assist you in exploring the legal profession and assessing whether or not the field is fitting to your strengths and preferences.
- Finally, please take the time to explore our website. Whether you already have begun the law school application process or you are in the first stages of considering the law profession, I am confident that you will find some helpful information.
For quick questions by email or to set up an appointment if you are unable to do so through the resources above, please send us a message, to Miguel Moran-Lanier at email@example.com or to Yessica Vazquez Arroyo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you are just considering law school or you are in the application process, we look forward to meeting with you, answering your questions, and providing guidance at any stage of your process.
A special note:
If you have connected with our pre-law advising before, you will notice a change in our pre-law advising staff as listed above. Tanya Higuera has taken on a different role and set of advising communities within the College of Letters & Science. Thank you Tanya for your years of service to our pre-law students and for being such a wonderful pre-law partner. And, welcome Yessica to the pre-law advising team! Yessica has been training throughout the fall quarter to transition into her role as pre-law advisor starting winter 2023. Yessica brings a wealth of advising experience to this role as a general and pre-health advisor, both of which she will continue doing as part of her set of advising communities. We both look forward to working with you in exploring law, developing your individual pre-law plan, and preparing for the law school application process.
Yessica Vazquez Arroyo & Miguel Morán-Lanier
While not particularly complicated, the process of applying to law school can be very time-consuming. The following will help guide you through the process: Law Application Process