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"Prelaw" at Indiana University Bloomington

Are you thinking about exploring the possibility of attending law school in the future? Congratulations and Welcome! That makes you a "prelaw" student! At IUB, "prelaw" is not a major, program, or series of courses. Law schools themselves have absolutely no required or prerequisite courses, and no preferred majors. In fact, law schools do not generally recommend that students take lots of "law" courses as undergraduates (that's their area of expertise—they would prefer you spend your time taking courses that will not be available to you in law school).

The term "prelaw" merely refers to any student or alumnus who is considering the possibility of law school at some point in the future. You do not have to be committed to the idea of attending law school to meet with a Prelaw Advisor, and you don't need to come in with specific questions. But we do recommend that you come in and meet with us! Read the sections below for more details.

Notice the many Prelaw Events at IUB:

Before you do anything else: Please take 20 seconds to sign up to receive prelaw email announcements. The prelaw list informs you of upcoming events, programs, LSAT and law school admission workshops, and visits to IU by law school admission officials from around the country who want to recruit YOU! We strongly recommend that you take advantage of these opportunities (which are not available to other college students nationwide). You will only receive email of interest to prelaw students and relevant to your year in school. The Prelaw email list is the only way we send official notice of prelaw events at IU! Please subscribe NOW!

Prelaw Advising at Indiana University Bloomington

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The Health Professions and Prelaw Center ("HPPLC") in Maxwell 010 is the place to go for IUB freshmen through alumni for information and advice about law school. Our Prelaw Advisors are always available to speak to you in person, by email, or telephone. We want to meet with you!

Our staff includes a "Minority Prelaw Advisor" who specializes in the needs of students from populations that traditionally have been underrepresented in law school and the legal profession: first-generation college, financially disadvantaged, and minority students.

The role of Prelaw Advisors is to help Indiana University students and alumni make informed decisions about law school. The HPPLC office also provides numerous practical services for preprofessional students. Read our publication [PDF File] Services Available to Prelaw Students at HPPLC.

To schedule an appointment:

If you are currently enrolled at IUB or are an alumni and would like to meet with a Prelaw Advisor to discuss whether law school is the right choice for you, to get an personalized application timeline, to learn about LSAT preparation, or to explore any aspect of law school or the application process, just call HPPLC at 812.855.1873 (telephone and walk-in appointments are also available-call for details). Please note that advisors cannot schedule appointments over email.

If you are a prospective high school or transfer student interested in learning more about the HPPLC office or in speaking with a Prelaw Advisor, please call the Office of Admissions at 812.855.3512.

Your First Prelaw Appointment

Prior to your first appointment it might be useful for you to consider the following questions. (Obviously, there are no correct answers, and you may not be able to answer every question):

  1. What factors have led you to consider law school?
  2. How do you foresee using a law degree?
  3. Where would you like to attend law school, and where would you like to live and work after law school graduation?
  4. Do you have work, volunteer, academic, or personal experience with lawyers or a law-related field?
  5. When do you plan to take the LSAT, and how would you prepare for this exam?

In addition, please review the following web pages:

Preparation for the Study of Law
General Guide - Freshmen & Sophomores

We look forward to meeting you!

Remember, you don't have to be sure about law school to speak with a HPPLC Prelaw Advisor. But if you do decide that law school is the path for you, our mission is to help you become the best prepared, most well-informed, and successful applicant possible.