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Pre-Law Resources

The Department of Political Science has a variety of resources for undergraduate students interested in going to Law School.  The department has a Public Law internship, a Pre-Law Adviser, and a minor in Law, Values, and Policy that can help students on this career path.

Public Law Internship

This internship is intended for students interested in going to law school or into law-related fields. The internship will provide students with hands-on experience in organizations that focus on public interest law, which seeks to help the public on a wide range of issues related to rights, health and welfare, and the representation of marginalized groups or interests. Interns will be placed in governmental and non-governmental organizations or specialized law firms. A distinctive feature of this internship program is that we will be partnering with non-profit legal organizations or public interest law firms that can give students a significant, rewarding experience in working with public interest law. This experience will equip students with some of the skills and knowledge to prepare them for law school or a law-related career. The internship will be supplemented by a class that meets throughout the semester, which will allow students to earn 3 credits toward their degree.

Applications for the Fall 2024 internship must be submitted through this link on or before February 29, 2024.Students interested in this internship should email Professor Lydia Tiede,

Pre-Law Adviser

The department of political science has a pre-law adviser, Professor Kenneth Abbott, who will attempt to answer all your questions about considering, applying to and being successful in law school. He will attempt to answer your questions either by email or in person. Please email him for an appointment. 

Kenneth Abbott 

In an effort to make your trip to law bar easier, the department has a series of papers on the most common questions that students have about getting into law school and succeeding once they have been accepted. The papers are entitled, "So You Want to Go To Law School" will provide invaluable information for aspiring law students. The current papers are below. New papers will be added in the future.

Pre-Law Advising

Minor Recommended for Pre-Law Students

Students interested in going to Law School should consider minoring in Law, Values, and Policy, which aims to give students some background in the law and legal issues.

For more information, consult the undergraduate catalog’s page on this minor.