PrelawPreparing for law school is no small feat, but you’ll find exactly what you need at Concordia. Our prelaw program enables you to start gearing up for law school applications as early as your freshman year. In fact, of our students who do so – taking advantage of all our prelaw advisement offerings - about 93 percent are accepted into law school. Thanks to one-on-one advising, rigorous academic programs, mock trial, internships and more, you can count on Concordia to get you to where you want to go.
Outstanding Writing and Presentation Skills
Our graduates say they felt especially well prepared for law school. And one of the biggest reasons, they say, is Concordia’s curriculum-wide commitment to writing. Law schools require bluebook exams and law professors value students who can write with clarity. Our grads also cite Concordia’s emphasis on developing presentational skills, both inside and outside the classroom. Law professors require students to perform on their feet as well as their seat.
You might think you need to major in political science to attend law school, but in fact, any rigorous major is acceptable. Law schools will primarily look at your grade point average and your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score. As long as you’ve selected a challenging major, are keeping up your grades and taking advantage of our prelaw program offerings, you should be able to pursue whatever interests you most.
Many of our students find the following courses to be helpful: philosophy, economics and our course in constitutional law, which will help you become familiar with the casebook method deployed in most law school courses.
Finally, law schools are increasingly interested in students who demonstrate a fluency in a foreign language, those who have lived and studied abroad, and those who have strong science backgrounds. With Concordia’s recognized global education and science programs, you’re sure to find courses and study abroad experiences to further strengthen your application.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re meeting your requirements for law school, and increasing your chances of success, is simply by keeping in touch with one of our three advisers. Their office doors are always open and they’re eager to discuss your academic plans and goals. In fact, the better they get to know you, the better they will be able to advise you and the greater your chances of a successful application.
Outside the Classroom
Our prelaw program extends beyond the classroom. We encourage students to participate in Mock Trial to gain valuable knowledge of trial advocacy. Other students land law-related internships in Fargo-Moorhead, the region or even across the country. Our two Washington Semesters are also popular. One program offers classes at American University, with an internship at a government agency or Congressional office, and the other offering is the Lutheran College Washington Semester. Contact Washington Programs adviser Dr. Max Richardson for more information.
Dr. Max Richardson
Political Science Chair
Old Main 310
You may also contact these prelaw advisers:
Dr. Vince Arnold
Dr. Gregg Muilenburg
Division of Core and Integrative Studies