Our Pre-Law Program
The pre-law program at K-State and the pre-law program recommended by the Association of American Law Schools are identical. Both call for an individualized course of study that emphasizes breadth, depth, and rigor. In addition, both stress that in preparing for law school you may select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university. Other valuable resources can be found that the American Bar Association website.
Regardless of your major, you will have the opportunity to work with a K-State pre-law adviser in selecting courses that will enable you to develop the capacities necessary for law study.
While law schools do not identify specific courses that must be taken before admission, they do stress completion of challenging courses that help you to understand the wide range of human institutions and values with which the practice and the study of law are concerned. You are also expected to acquire the ability to think analytically and creatively and to write and speak with clarity.
Among disciplines cited as valuable in pre-law study are English, speech, languages, history, philosophy, mathematics, science, accounting, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, computer science, and engineering.
The goal of law study "is to bring the whole of human insight to bear on the study of law and its institutions." - University of Michigan Law School Bulletin, The University of Michigan.
K-State Pre-Law Students
Pre-law students at K-State number several hundred. Each year K-State sends seniors from diverse geographic, economic, academic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to law schools in Kansas and throughout the nation. The University of Kansas, Washburn, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Northwestern, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of Texas are among the schools that have recently accepted K-State pre-law students. Approximately 100 law schools admit K-Staters every year.
In recent years K-State students served by the pre-law office have been accepted to law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average.
Distinguished K-State alumni who have attended law school have included a chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, a federal district judge, a dean of the University of Kansas Law School, and a number of Kansas legislators.
Historically under-represented in law schools, women and minority students have discovered that today there are exciting opportunities for them in law.