Students contemplating law school after graduation should make an
appointment to meet with Dr. Jack Fruchtman, the university's prelaw adviser, and to read theTowson University Prelaw Handbook (PDF). Dr. Fruchtman will introduce you to the Prelaw Society and offer advice concerning courses of
study, preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and other matters
pertaining to what you need for your application to law school. In
general, he advises students to concentrate on improving their reading, writing,
speaking and thinking skills.
Towson has an active Prelaw Society, a SGA-affiliated student organization that explores issues related to the theory, study and practice of law. Past meetings of the Prelaw Society have included discussion of LSAT preparation strategies and contemporary legal issues, as well as visits to the United States Supreme Court. The group regularly hosts presentations by law school admissions directors, lawyers and judges. For more information about joining the Prelaw Society, email Dr. Fruchtman at email@example.com.
The Towson University Prelaw Journal is a journal of commentary and opinion, written and edited by students. Students from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to submit work. The journal is distributed online twice a year, in the fall and spring.
Launched in 1987, the Journal has published essays on abortion, the death penalty, gun control, free speech (including the use and abuse of the Internet), and even evaluations of summer internships and experiences. Editors consider articles on any legal or constitutional issue as long as they are written in a lively and opinionated style. While students do not receive credit for writing these pieces, which run between 1,000 and 1,250 words in length, they do receive a byline. In addition to being fun to write, these essays help students come to grips with certain topical issues. Students who have published articles in the Journal can include the reference on their resumes.
For qualified students, Towson University offers the opportunity to apply to the early admission program at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Admission is not automatic but contingent upon acceptance by the University of Baltimore Law School, including review of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores. Transfer to the UB law program can only take place at the end of a spring term. To qualify for entrance to the dual-degree program, students must fulfill the first three of the standards listed below. To qualify for graduation from Towson University, students must also fulfill the fourth standard.
Completion of at least 91 credits at TU with a 3.50 GPA (minimum).
Completion of the TU Core Curriculum requirements.
Completion of a major at TU with at least a 3.50 GPA in that major. No specific areas of study or disciplines are required for this program. Students may choose majors in which they are most interested.
Successful completion of 29 units at the University of Baltimore School of Law and all other TU graduation requirements as listed in the catalog under the heading "degree requirements."
Subsequent completion of all requirements at the University of Baltimore Law School is necessary in order to earn the J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore. Students interested in this program should contact the TU prelaw adviser, Dr. Jack Fruchtman, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Department of Political Science.
• Michael clark, Class of 1989, will address the Prelaw Society on Tuesday, May 6, at 5:00 p.m. in LA 3316. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown and is now Assistant General Counsel at Northrup Grumman Aircraft.