Extracurricular Activities & Internships

Extracurricular Activities & Internships

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities can help beef up your resume, but do you have to have them? Get the skinny below, or request an appointment with the Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834 or prelaw@ku.edu.

Are extracurricular activities important to law school admissions?

Extracurricular activities can help you decide if you really want to go to law school. Relevant extracurricular activities will be very helpful in rounding out your application. Generally, law schools will be primarily interested in leadership, which can be developed through significant and meaningful participation in a few organizations, as opposed to mere membership in numerous ones.

Focus your energies on achieving within your most valued extracurricular commitments; law schools are not impressed by joining 25 different student clubs and organizations without assuming any real responsibility or position of authority. When combined with a strong academic record, solid extracurricular activities will also show law schools that you are able to budget your time and balance the demands of multiple tasks simultaneously.

Is there a pre-law student organization at KU?

The University of Kansas Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity is a student organization on campus that brings together pre-law students in regular chapter meetings, community service projects and socials. The organization coordinates a number of activities and events that may be of interest to students contemplating a career in the law and can provide you with excellent opportunities for leadership and service.


If you're interested in a legal career, you may have heard a lot of things about what it takes to get into law schools. Below are a couple of FAQs about internships. Got more questions? Make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834 or prelaw@ku.edu.

Can internships and work experience improve my chances for getting into law school?

Internships and work experience can expose you to the realities of working in the legal profession and give you a clearer sense of whether the career choice is right for you. They give you a chance to explore different focus areas within the law and help you refine numerous qualities that will be relevant to law schools, such as organizational and leadership abilities, communication skills and determination.

Interning or working for a law firm, public interest group or government entity can help you begin to differentiate between the many facets of the legal profession. However, it is not essential that you have a law-related internship in order to be admitted to or be successful in law school. Any experience working as a volunteer or in a paid position can benefit you.

Where can I find more information about internship opportunities?

The University Career Center can provide internship information, including online resources, program descriptions, resources for seasonal and summer jobs, and books about internship opportunities. The University Career Center's Internship Center is a great place to start looking for opportunities that may interest you.

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