Concordia graduates are well prepared for the study of law. Over the past five years, 96 percent of graduating seniors who applied to law school have gained admission to at least one program. This speaks to Concordia’s commitment to helping students discern whether they have an aptitude for the study and practice of the law and to give those who do the tools necessary to succeed.

Pre-Law Program

Taking courses from Concordia’s list of suggested pre-law offerings helps to prepare students for the study of law by developing:

  • Critical thinking abilities
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Strong writing and speaking skills

Working closely with one of the college’s pre-law advisors is also key, as discussing course options, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation, and the law school application process with a knowledgeable advisor is an important part of the academic planning process.

Concordia’s co-curricular pre-law programming helps students to gauge their interest in the law and interact with members of the legal community. These special opportunities include:

  • Job shadowing with area law firms
  • Pre-Law Society student organization
  • A competitive mock trial team
  • A yearly pre-law lecture series
  • Internship opportunities

Pre-Law Faculty Advisors

Concordia’s pre-law advisors provide valuable assistance to students interested in pursuing a law school education. From preparatory coursework and selection of a major to the law school application process and Law School Admission Test preparation, pre-law advisors are ready to assist students at every step along the path to law school.

Advisors:

Graduate Successes

This combination of rigorous coursework, one-on-one advising, and valuable programming prepares students well for legal study and practice.

  • Concordia graduates have attended a range of top-tier law programs, including the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota.
  • Concordia alumni who went on to law school work as federal judges, partners in major law firms, U.S. Attorneys, and in a range of corporate management positions.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

No particular undergraduate major is expected of pre-law students. Instead, students should choose a course of study that is challenging and that encourages the formation of strong foundational skills. Beginning early in their academic career, students interested in studying law should work with a pre-law advisor to develop an understanding of pre-law coursework opportunities, as well as the timetable for taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and requirements associated with the law school application process. Courses selected from the list below will help students ascertain their interest in the study of the law and will prepare them for the LSAT.

The pre-law program at Concordia is grounded in the college’s strong liberal arts tradition. Preparatory courses are drawn from across the disciplines, and help instill the skills and habits of mind that are beneficial to the study and practice of the law. This means there is no single undergraduate major for pre-law students. While some may major in history or political science, others may choose business or chemistry. Whatever their major, interested students should take liberal arts courses that encourage critical reading, careful argumentation, strong research skills, and intensive writing. 

A number of opportunities beneficial to students who are considering applying to law school are offered that provide an enhanced understanding of the law school experience and the legal profession. These include:

  • The Concordia College Pre-Law Speakers Series, which brings practicing attorneys and judges to campus on a regular basis to discuss law-related issues and career opportunities.
  • Shadowing opportunities with area law firms and practicing attorneys to give students the chance to observe legal professionals in action, ask questions, and make contacts.
  • A pre-law student organization that provides support and guidance to students interested in the law, including law-related social engagements, visits with law school admission officers, and guided legal case study exercises.

Law schools primarily consider an applicant’s Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and undergraduate GPA when making admission decisions. Pre-law advising is, therefore, instrumental in understanding how to approach LSAT preparation, and it can also be helpful in identifying which law schools to apply to. Students generally take the LSAT in the spring or summer prior to their senior year so they have time to retake the exam should they wish to improve their score. Application deadlines vary by school but are often in the spring semester prior to fall enrollment. Law schools typically follow a rolling admission policy, which means they assess and accept applications continuously as they are received. As a result, the earlier a student can complete a quality application, the better. Students should be sure to work with a pre-law advisor throughout the application process.

Concordia’s pre-law advisors will help students craft individual programs of study that fit their strengths and interests. While students may approach a pre-law advisor for assistance at any time during their Concordia careers, they are encouraged to do so early, as pre-law advisement helps students select courses and discern whether they have an aptitude for the study and practice of the law.

Supporting coursework and activities – Because there is no defined course of study for pre-law students, a pre-law advisor can help students identify which of the following courses and activities best fit their specific needs.

Foundational courses – These courses address the foundations of law and the justice system, and will assist students assessing whether to pursue law as a vocation.

Courses to enhance skills and capacities – The courses listed in this section develop skills in critical analysis and persuasive speaking and writing. They will also help students succeed on the Law School Admission Test.

Contextual courses – These courses provide broad contextual knowledge instrumental to understanding the application of the law.

Activities – The following activities develop foundational skills and expose students to law-related content:

  • Debate team

  • Mock trial team

  • Job shadow opportunities with area law firms

  • Concordia College Pre-Law Lecture Series

  • Pre-Law Society student organization

Cobber to Commissioner

Cynthia Bauerly ’93 was appointed the commissioner of revenue for the Minnesota Department of Revenue in 2015. Prior to her service at the department, Bauerly gained extensive experience in law, management, and public policy.

Ryan Deschene ’14, J.D.

Concordia prepared me for law school in too many ways to adequately appreciate, but the love of learning I developed from my professors is most important to me. Controversies law students and lawyers encounter can range from criminal justice inequity to property interest disputes, and a genuine interest and ability to learn each topic is required to be successful. I owe my successes today to the teaching, encouragement, and mentorship I was able to cultivate during my time at Concordia.
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Dr. Michael G. Bath

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