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University-wide Pre-law Advising

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Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is an excellent, cost-free opportunity for students interested in law school for Summer 2019: The application received-by deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. The program runs for three weeks, from June 2 to June 21, 2019.

What is the best major for those seeking to eventually attend law school?

There are a number of articles and studies one may look to for what the “better” law school preparatory major is

Here are a few of the most recent one

However, there are no rules on law school majors. There is no “perfect major,” one that law schools clamor for when reviewing applications. In fact, several jurists have stated that one’s choice of baccalaureate major does not matter. Law schools are, however, seeking certain skills and experiences.

Here are a few:

  • Critical thinking/reading
  • Oral & written communication
  • Collaborative & individual problem solving
  • Broad knowledge base
  • Editing
  • Exposure to the Law
  • Organizational and management
  • Solo problem solving
  • Public/volunteer service
  • Relationship building
  • Research (beyond mere search engine searches)

Gain valuable exposure to the legal profession: consider an internship

It is advisable that one explore the law and the legal profession before entering law school. Doing so provides a fuller understanding of the day-to-day practice of law and the skills needed to enter legal employment job market later. There is no doubt that a more informed opinion of the legal practice, its vocabulary, practice groups and institutions can advance one’s understanding of law school curriculum and the application of it. Equally important is knowing what you are getting into before spending tens-of-thousands of dollars only to discover law school is not for you.

Contact the university-wide pre-law advisor, Dr. Brooks ( to see if you qualify for a law firm internship opportunity. These internships are reserved for the best of students. Perhaps you are one of them?

What kind of jobs are there for non-courtroom lawyers?

There are many non-litigation roles lawyers play. They include, but are by no means limited to:

Compliance Officer
Judicial clerk
Equal Opportunity Officer
Law school professor
Estate planning attorney
Federal law enforcement officer
Patent attorney
Human Resources Director
Tax attorney

Paying for law school

Post-secondary students at all levels know that higher education is an investment in one’s future and that the loans taken for that study accumulate interest and need to be repaid. For that reason, it is essential that those going on the law school to spend the time informing themselves on some of the ways to pay for law school. Here are some helpful sites:

  • Student Loan Repayment and Forgiveness
  • Financing Law School
  • Access Group

Study Abroad

During your undergraduate studies at ESU, consider studying abroad. Why? The academic and intercultural experiences abroad enhance your growth as an individual, affords you new perspectives, language-skill enhancement and the interpersonal aspects considered by many law school admissions officers. For more, contact the International Study Programs office.

Prepare for the LSAT:

For LSAC-endorsed, cost-free LSAT preparation, see Kahn Academy

Who are the primary pre-law contacts at ESU?

The current University-Wide Pre-Law advisor is Dr. Christopher Brooks, Department of History ( However, several other faculty across campus will be solid resources when it comes to scheduling courses that both meet the demands of many majors and help in acquiring the skills necessary for law school admission.

Computer Science: Dr. Mike Jochen
Philosophy: Dr. Storm Heter
Politcal Science: Dr. Kimberly Adams
Business: Wes Niemoczynski

In many cases there are cross-overs, but sometimes there are not. So, do consult pre-law advisors if you have questions.

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