The Pre-Law Program is designed to inform and advise students interested in law as a profession and serves all undergraduate schools and colleges of the University. As law schools do not demand a specific major, pre-legal education is broadly defined.
The successful applicant to law school will demonstrate development of verbal comprehension and articulation, strong research and writing skills, and reasoning that incorporates considerations of clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness.
Incoming freshmen can apply to the Pre-law Scholars program. The application must be made prior to commencement of the freshmen academic year. Applicants wishing priority consideration must apply before the February 1 deadline. Applications will be accepted up to July 30 of application process. Students under this process will be accepted only if they qualify and spots in the program remain. A link to the application can be found under the Pre-Law Scholars Requirements page.
Undergraduate students can earn a Minor in Legal Studies, a 24-credit-hour program that teaches basic legal research, writing, and analytical skills. A broader perspective on Legal Studies is provided through the multidisciplinary coursework of the Secondary Major in Legal Studies. The Secondary Major in Legal Studies is a 36-credit-hour program offered through the Pre-Law program.
Pictures From the Department's Pre-Law Senior Celebration for 2014 Graduates
Pre-Law Program Director: Janet O'Hallaron
Administrative Secretary: Lynn Kostadine
Graduate Assistant/Academic Advisor: Joyce LaFontain
Joyce is a graduate assistant and academic advisor for the Pre-Law Program. She is a second year law student and 1843 Scholar at SLU Law. She attended SLU for undergrad, where she received her B.A. in Political Science, Minored in French, and received a Legal Studies Certificate.
Graduate Assistant/Academic Advisor: Jessica Cervenka
Jessica is a graduate assistant and academic advisor for the Pre-Law Program. She is a third year law student, where she is pursuing her J.D. and is a SLU Law Ambassador. She attended SLU for undergrad, where she received her B.A. in Political Science, minored in English, and received the Legal Studies Certificate. Jessica was active in the Pre-Law Department throughout undergrad and served on Phi Alpha Delta's E-Board for two years, including being Vice President her Senior year.