Pre-Law Advisory Program

Designed for students from all majors who excel academically and are motivated and resourceful, the Pre-Law Advisory Program offers step-by-step assistance in preparing for law school. The Pre-Law Advisory Program includes a dedicated advisor, active student group, and self-paced learning modules which help students explore and prepare for competitive law school applications.

Program features:

  • A pre-law advisor who will assist candidates in succeeding in all aspects of the program and the preparation for a law education
  • Tools for meeting the demanding academic challenges, which will potentially result in a competitive career advantage
  • Academic courses during undergraduate studies, including a legal studies minor, which sharpen the skills necessary to succeed in the law school environment 
  • Assistance in preparing for the application process, including help with LSAT preparation, personal statements and recommendation letters
  • Exposure to professionals, professors and alumni through networking sessions

For more information contact:

Louis Swartz, J.D.
Coordinator, Pre-Law Advisory Program
Professor of Legal Studies
412-397-6354
swartz@rmu.edu

Select majors also are eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program, with partner institutions Penn State, Duquesne University, Drexel University, and the University of Akron.  

Additional Program Details

Pre-Law Advising is strong and structured at RMU.  Every year, students interested in applying to law school can take advantage of online courses taught by the Pre-Law advisor, which provide a breakdown of exactly what the student needs to be doing to prepare for success in the law school admissions process.  These courses in the Pre-Law Sequence (PLAW 1000-4000) are 0-credit classes taken pass/fail, appear on each student’s transcript, and keep students on task for deciding which law schools to apply to, studying for the Law School Admissions Test, and preparing strong applications.  

Students also have the opportunity to pursue a Legal Studies Minor, that grounds students in the structure of the court system and its constitutional foundation as well as criminal and civil law, and provides electives for students to develop their knowledge in related areas.  Sample courses include The Legal Environment Of Business, Civil Rights and Liberties, and Cyberlaw.