Pre-law academic program
Our academic program provides the necessary intellectual rigor to prepare students for law school. A liberal arts course of study provides an excellent foundation to understand multiple perspectives in the world. Faculty members at Cornell will challenge you to think critically, reason logically, and to effectively articulate your thoughts verbally and in writing.
There is no "pre-law" major at Cornell College. Rather, we encourage you to take courses that are intellectually stimulating and pique your curiosities and interests. Alumni who have gone on to successful legal careers have majored in disciplines across the curriculum including politics, English, philosophy, economics and business, psychology, art, environmental studies, biology, and sociology.
Pre-law courses & internships
We have compiled a list of law-related courses that may be of particular interest. In addition, the Center for Law & Society and your pre-law advisor can offer support and guidance in pursuing internships to supplement your coursework.
Faculty pre-law advisors from a range of disciplines are available to help guide your pre-law course of study. Pre-law advisors do not have to be your primary academic advisor, but they can offer specialized guidance in selecting appropriate courses and enhancing your chances of success in the law school admission process.
3 + 3 program with the University of Iowa
Our 3 + 3 Program with the University of Iowa College of Law allows provides you with a potential way to enter law school after your junior year.
Pre-law co-curricular program
Complementing the academic experience, the co-curricular program offers multiple opportunities to explore and experience the field of law. Follow the links below to learn more about the extraordinary opportunities available for pre-law students at Cornell College:
- Making the decision to go to law school
- Preparing for the LSAT
- Learning about law schools
- Navigating the law school admissions process
- Mock Trial team
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (co-ed group)
- Mentoring by attorneys on campus and beyond
- Insight into legal practice and legal issues
Pre-law students decide which opportunities they want to take advantage of and when. We welcome questions at any time by students considering a career in law and how Cornell's Program for Law and Society can help you in college. Please contact the Associate Director of the Program for Law and Society for more information.