Pre-Law - COAS

Pre-Law Information

Why Study Law?

A legal education ("law school") is ordinarily a three-year full-time course of study beyond the B.A. or B.S., culminating in the award of a special degree specifically in law (today usually called a J.D., an abbreviation of the Latin phrase juris doctor). 

College graduates may take up the study of law with one or more of many possible career goals in mind. Some enter law school so that they may eventually practice law. (However, students should be aware that in the United States the supply of new law graduates currently exceeds the demand for practicing lawyers, and probably will for several years to come.) Some, on the other hand, have no intention of ever practicing law, but expect legal knowledge and the ability to make legal analysis to be an extremely valuable adjunct to business careers or entrepreneurial activities.

Others view law school as a means of securing employment in public interest law firms, in legal aid societies, or as government employees on the national, state, or local level. Some law school graduates view their training as a natural avenue for access to elected or appointed political careers. Whatever the motivation or career goal, many students find the study of law to be challenging, exciting, and an excellent intellectual discipline.

IUN graduates have gone on to many law schools, including those of Indiana University (both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses); Valparaiso University; and, in Illinois, DePaul; IIT-Chicago Kent; John Marshall; Northwestern; and the University of Chicago.

Pre-Professional students are expected to take an active role in preparing for their professional educations and their careers. Faculty members encourage and challenge students to meet with their advisors on a regular basis to ensure fulfillment of both the requirements for graduation and for making application to the student’s professional school of choice.

What can I do with a PRE-LAW MINOR?

This program is designed to offer students a foundation for applying to law schools.  Subsequent graduation from a accredited law school and completion of state bar exam requirements will allow the individual to practice law in that state.

Upon completion of a legal degree awarded by an accredited law school, students could consider careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Lawyer in a legal departments of a corporation or a businesses
  • Counsel in a legal department of an educational institution
  • Attorney in the private practice of law upon passage of the bar required for the jurisdiction.
  • Instructor/Professor of business law
  • Legislator
  • Government official
  • Court official
  • Judge
  • Mediator and Arbitrator