Prelaw Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Prelaw programs can help students prepare for law school. A prelaw program doesn't typically result in a degree; instead, it's completed in conjunction with an undergraduate program in a major of the student's choosing. Prospective prelaw students might consider the following factors when selecting a school.

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Prelaw programs can be found at 4-year colleges and universities. There are many majors available that offer a concentration in prelaw, although there are few that focus purely on prelaw.

Schools with Prelaw Programs

These schools offer bachelor's-level programs that prepare students for law school. Many of these programs are supplementary in nature, and students in a major relevant to law can find guidance that will help ready them for a law program.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $49,116
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,350 in-state; $23,429 out-of-state
Miami University Oxford, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $14,287 in-state; $30,987 out-of-state
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $42,180
St. Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,814 in-state; $15,732 out-of-state
University of Dallas Irving, TX 4-year, Private Bachelor's $35,800
Carroll University Waukesha, WI 4-year, Private Bachelor's $29,535
Seattle University Seattle, WA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $39,690
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $47,750

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School and University Selection Criteria

There are a multitude of factors to include when choosing a school, including but not limited to the following:

  • Prospective students should look for programs that offer core legal courses that prepare students for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and programs should cover the areas of reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning.
  • Prospective students may also want to evaluate the extracurricular activities a school offers, such as debate and political science societies and clubs; these may prepare students for real world applications of their education.
  • Some programs may offer shadowing or mentoring opportunities, as well as internships.
  • Many prelaw programs offer advising to students to help them prepare for law school.

Prelaw Program

The American Bar Association encourages undergraduates from a variety of majors to enter the legal profession. Since prelaw isn't typically offered as a major, consulting faculty advisers is a crucial part of choosing an appropriate slate of prelaw courses.

Prelaw programs that focus on reading, writing, politics, history and government are likely to provide students with an excellent foundation for law school. Programs with numerous elective choices in law, such as constitutional law, international law, administrative law, contract law, legal writing and research methods, could help provide students with the necessary background to pass the LSAT and thrive in law school.

Students who are interested in prelaw programs should look for schools that offer courses that prepare students to take the LSAT. Many programs also offer extracurricular activities and advising to prelaw students.

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