Since our founding, hundreds of New College graduates have successfully pursued legal careers. Our exceptional fearless learning and forward-thinking academic program, along with dynamic experiences outside the classroom, offer New College students the perfect mix of skills and preparation needed to pursue law school. Our Pre-Law Professional Community helps connect pre-law students to special programs, activities, experiences, and preparation that sets them apart from other law school applicants. Through personalized pre-law advising and career coaching, students in the Pre-Law Professional Community have the professional and peer support to achieve their goals.
*Law school rankings in the 2021 edition of U.S. News and World Report
|Top 15*||Top 25*||Top 50*|
|Columbia University||Arizona State University||Boston College|
|Cornell University||Boston University||College of William and Mary|
|Duke University||Emory University||Florida State University|
|Georgetown University||George Washington University||George Mason University|
|Harvard University||University of California-Irvine||Indiana University|
|New York University||University of Florida||Ohio State University|
|Northwestern University||University of Minnesota||University of Alabama|
|UCLA||University of Southern California||University of Arizona|
|University of California-Berkeley||University of Texas||University of Colorado|
|University of Michigan||University of Georgia|
|University of Illinois|
|University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill|
|University of Washington|
|University of Wisconsin|
|Wake Forest University|
David A Fugett serves as the General Counsel for New College as well as the Pre-Law Program Advisor. A practicing attorney and a member of the Florida bar, David served as the Florida Department of State’s general counsel, the agency’s chief legal officer after serving as the chief litigation attorney. At the Florida Department of State, David advised Secretary of State Ken Detzner and department managers on administrative legislative and policy matters, oversaw all litigation, and served as the department’s ethics officer. He has worked in diverse areas of the law from elections to treasure salvage to library services. Prior to his roles for the Florida Department of State, David worked at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, in the Complex Civil Enforcement Bureau, where he was the lead attorney on more than 60 Medicaid whistleblower cases and worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies on cases that spanned multiple states. David received his law degree from the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Toccoa Falls College.
The LSAT is a half-day test offered four times a year: February, June, October and December.
If you are serious about going to law school, as a general rule, time spent preparing for the LSAT will have a greater return on your investment than time spent on nearly any other academic project, be it eight class assignments, finals or even thesis work.
The LSAT is, on average, 60 percent of what law schools take into consideration in determining admission — for a school like New College where we don’t have a GPA, this figure is presumably even higher.
Every reputable law school requires that you take the LSAT. Almost all of those students accepted at the top 25 law schools have LSAT scores which place them in the top 90 percent (or above) of all test takers. While it is difficult to get into a top law school without a high LSAT score, you should take some comfort in scoring anything above average on the LSAT. Working on improving your LSAT score should be at the top of your priorities.