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What co-curricular activities should I join?

As with majors and courses, law schools are not looking for particular types of co-curricular activities or involvement. Get involved but not so much that your co-curricular activities interfere with your academic work. Law schools prioritize academic strength over involvement so it is critical to find the best balance. Seek leadership positions within any co-curricular activities.

Your involvement does not need to focus on student government, politics or other activities that may first come to mind when you think of activities related to law school. Penn State has more than 1,000 student organizations. Find opportunities related to your major(s)/minor(s), seek opportunities to provide public/community service, consider research within your discipline, find organizations related to skills that you want to improve or issues in society that matter most to you. 

If you want to join an organization to learn more about law school, consider the following:

  • Human Rights Brigade
  • Justice Association
  • Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association
  • Penn State Mock Trial   
  • Penn State Moot Court
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Chapter
  • Women's Legal Studies Coalition

You can find more information about these organizations on the Penn State Student Affairs Clubs page.

Katherine E. Garren, J.D.
Pre-Law Adviser
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
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University Park, PA 16802
Email: keg146@psu.edu

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