Graduate and Professional School Advising

It may well be that the career you want to pursue requires a graduate degree. But the question you need to ask yourself is, "Does graduate school make sense for me?"

To help you explore how graduate school might fit into your future profession plans the following activities are provided during the academic year:

  • Individualized counseling appointments tailored to your particular graduate school program, call 925-631-4600.

  • Graduate School Information Nights in the Fall (September) and Spring (February), check events calendar.

  • A Graduate School Information Fair in October of every school year, check events calendar.

  • LSAT, GRE, and GMAT prep courses are offered on the SMC campus each semester. Generally Br. Glenn has been able to secure a 40% discount option with The Princeton Review on these test prep programs

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether or not to go to graduate school

  • When to attend graduate school (immediately after SMC or down the road)

  • How best to prepare your collegiate experiences (grades, research, internships, experiences, etc.) for the best shot at acceptance

  • How to successfully manage the application process

  • How to finance a graduate degree

  • Personal statement evaluations

  • Study abroad programs in your field of study

  • LSAT prep program options and discounts on LSAT exams

  • Which schools to apply to


Br. Glenn Bolton, (MA, MAT, MS, MEd, EdD) serves as the Center’s Graduate School Advisor.  Appointments with Br. Glenn can be made by calling (925) 631-4600.

Pre-Law Advising:

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree can lead to a wide range of law-related careers and can open doors to careers in government, business, higher education, communications, and numerous other fields. The possibility of effecting social change, setting legal precedent, and defending basic human rights attracts many who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of people they serve. 

Br. Glenn also moderates the CDC Pre-Law Advising Organization that meets regularly throughout the academic year.

From the Law Services Admission Council (LSAC) on the Internet ( one can:

  • Register for the LSAT

  • Subscribe to the LSDAS and other reports

  • Order Law Services publications

  • Link to law school web sites

  • Get the latest news from Law Services

Pre-med and Pre-health advising is available for all SMC students interested in medical school and and health professional programs.

Pre-health students include all students who intend to pursue the fields of medicine, dentristry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine. Additional graduate programs and certificate programs include: physician assistant, genetic counseling, radiography, nuclear medicine, sonography, nuclear medicine, and laboratory technology.

Pre-med advising

Pre-health advising (in health professional programs other than medicine)