Undergrad to Law School

I am currently a senior in high school making my decision on where to go to undergrad school. I have not committed, but I am pretty sure I will go to Gonzaga. I recognize that it is not an insanely prestigious university. I am interested in law and I think there is a good chance I will end up going to law school after undergrad. I was wondering if there is any chance of getting accepted to a top five law school after attending a not-so-prestigious university for undergraduate. I know that GPA and LSAT are huge factors so assuming I am able to maintain a high GPA and get a good score on the LSAT, do I still have a good shot of acceptance to a prestigious law school? I was also wondering if there is anything I should specifically focus on throughout undergrad in order to raise my chances. I plan on participating in Mock Trial and maybe debate as well as finding internships that relate to law. Any comments or advice are greatly appreciated.

Absolutely. I am a lawyer and also teach at Duke Law School. Gonzaga is a fine school. Just work hard, major in something rigorous and present the best application you can. Also, don’t be afraid to go “down the list” for law school, particularly if those schools offer merit aid. Law school is not worth $300k in debt.


Plan to work for a couple of years after UG. If you look at the top law schools the % of students coming straight through is shrinking steadily. Only 8% of the new crop of Yale Law students (Harvard 28%, Stanford 35%) came straight through from UG. That time gives you a multitude of benefits, including work experience that can help you discern more clearly what you want to do (and also yield good LoRs), and LSAT study time w/o impacting your GPA.

ps, 100% agree on the debt thing

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It’s 18% for Harvard and

I couldn’t find the stats for Stanford, but it’s likely lower than Harvard’s.

That having been said, ds graduated recently from a top 6 as a KJD (kindergarten to law degree aka someone who didn’t take a break after college). He “might” have had better law school and post-law school options if he had taken time to work, but he knew he wanted to go to law school and be a lawyer. He didn’t have any other aspirations.