The budding lawyers of Yale College will now have a forum to discuss everything legal — from international human rights to the Law School Admissions Test.
The Pre-Law Society, which held its first informational meeting Sept. 21, will team with Undergraduate Career Services to provide resources to students who are interested in law and government. Currently in the works for the society are a lecture series on international human rights law, panels with local lawyers, Master’s Teas, and trips to New England law schools.
“We realized there wasn’t an outlet for students to share their interest in the law and to learn about what kind of career decisions they can make,” said Lauren Thompson ’05, the group’s executive director of business and finance. “That’s why you should create an organization: to fill a void.”
Sallie Kim ’05, the group’s founder and president, said she hopes the admissions wing of the society will be able to ease concerns about life after Yale by serving as an intermediary between UCS and the student body.
“We’re kind of serving two purposes in that we’re helping students get more information from UCS and we’re helping UCS get information from the students,” Kim said.
The Pre-Law Society will administer mock LSATs, as well as cosponsor law admissions panels and law school fairs with UCS.
Andrew Korn ’05 said he thought the extra admissions help was needed, but only if administered by UCS.
“It sounds to me like a good idea and a good service if run by UCS,” Korn said. “[But] once it’s something students can be on and run, [the group] might become a resume padder.”
Representatives from UCS could not be reached for comment.
The amount of attention the group has received has surprised its founders, Kim said. Thirty people showed up to the first informational meeting, but because so many interested students could not come, they had to schedule a second meeting. Thompson estimated that, as word of mouth spreads, the group could end up with between 50 and 100 members.
Jacob Jou ’06 said he saw a flier for the Pre-Law Society and decided to go to the informational meeting but was initially worried it would be about how to beat the law school admissions process.
“I thought it would just be a ‘how to get into law school type thing’ but it turned out there was much more depth to it than that,” Jou said. “It’s not just about preparing for law schools, it’s about law and government in general.”
The society is working with the College Council for CARE, a Yale relief organization, to bring a lecture series on international human rights to campus early in the spring semester. According to a brochure, the group is also hoping to bring in lawyers from the area and sponsor Master’s Teas on a variety of legal issues, from civil liberties to intellectual property rights.
Kim said she hopes the society will eventually establish annual conferences and panels that attract speakers from around the country.
On the admissions front, the group is planning trips to law schools at Boston, New York, Harvard and Cornell universities.