Top Schools for Pre-Law

Learn about the academic programs that can help pre-law students begin preparing for careers as licensed attorneys. Find information about program availability at three top-notch universities, as well as a handy table with at-a-glance details about other schools in the U.S. that offer studies in pre-law.

School Overviews

Two of the three schools profiled below, Hofstra University and New York University, are located in New York State. Both schools offer undergraduate programs in pre-law that can help students prepare for specialized graduate studies or a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. A similar course of study can be found at Hamline University, a private school in Minnesota.

1. Hamline University in St. Paul, MN

School Highlight: Full-time and part-time degree programs are offered.

Hamline University is a private university that ranked 46th on U.S. News and World Report's list of schools with the best part-time law programs in 2015. Through the legal studies department, undergraduates can pursue a curriculum that has been especially tailored for pre-law students. Course topics include the study of legal research, logic and the American legal system. At the university's School of Law, students can earn certificates and dual degrees, as well as an L.L.M or a J.D.; areas of specialization include criminal, health or international law.

2. New York University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Joint J.D. and M.S. degrees are available.

New York University is a private institution that ranked sixth on U.S. News and World Report's list of best law schools in 2015. Through the College of Arts and Sciences, students can enroll in the Barbara and Evan Chesler Pre-law Program. The program places students with a pre-law advisor, which allows them to tailor their education towards their graduate interests. Available at the School of Law, graduate degree programs include studies in business, constitutional and tax law. Students can also pursue a 'layering program', which trains them to become top-notch lawyers ready for professional practice and courtroom litigation.

3. Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY

School Highlight: Certificate programs are available.

Hofstra University ranked tied for 122nd on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of best law schools in the nation. The university's pre-professional studies program offers a pre-law curriculum that includes topics in legal studies, history, political science and public speaking. At the Hofstra Law School, qualified graduates can also pursue LL.M. and J.D. programs. Once admitted, aspiring lawyers study basic and advanced law, including the effect of technology on the legal system.

Top Pre-Law Degree Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Northern Michigan University Bachelor's degree available in pre-law Marquette, MI
Michigan State University Bachelor's degree in pre-law available East Lansing, MI
Kilgore College Associate's degree program in pre-law studies offered Kilgore, TX
Grambling State University Features a pre-law undergraduate degree through the College of Arts and Sciences Grambling, LA
Carl Albert State College Associate's degree available in pre-law studies Poteau, OK
Ball State University Offers a pre-law associate's program Muncie, IN

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