How to Prepare for Success in LSJ

1. I am transferring to the UW from another institution, how can I improve my chances of getting into LSJ as a major?
Answer: The first task is getting into the University of Washington so that you can complete the last prerequisite course(s) before applying to the major. When applying to the university, you should certainly mention your interest in this major, even if you still have prerequisite courses to complete. The Admissions staff knows that one of the LSJ prerequisites has to be completed after being admitted, so not having it completed will not keep you from getting into UW.

Transfer students who are admitted to LSJ usually have good grades, but they also show a genuine interest in the study of law and justice. Our program is built on the research and scholarly goals of our faculty rather than on a certain career field. As a result, any evidence of commitment to the academic field carries more weight than a student’s wish for a certain career after college.

2. I am not yet an LSJ major and I am about to register for classes.  What classes will be the best choices now?

Answer: It is fine to take LSJ classes before being admitted to the major.  Students should try to give preference to the classes in the LSJ Core Course list over those in the subfields.  The Core Courses are meant to ground the knowledge covered in more detail in the subfield courses, so taking them first improves your chance of doing well in the upper level coursework.

If you are looking for non-LSJ classes that will complement your LSJ studies, consider taking classes that explore a part of the world you know nothing about (Africa?, Asia?, South America?, the Middle East?, Europe?, Oceania?).  You might also consider a class that expands your knowledge of modern history, politics, international relations, philosophy, geography, culture, gender, or ethnicity.