The Pre-Law Program at Kansas State University
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.
The Pre-Law Office
Pre-law advising is provided through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Every semester a pre-law orientation is held before enrollment. In addition, students considering law school come to the pre-law office for advising during enrollment, beginning in the freshman year (or as soon as they identify an interest in law study).
The adviser meets with pre-law students in individual conferences each semester, and together they plan a curriculum that takes into account the unique strengths and interests of each individual. Students work closely with the adviser in selecting courses that will enable them to develop the competencies necessary for law study.
They also confer with the adviser individually to select the schools to which they wish to apply or to identify alternatives to a law career. In group meetings they plan application strategies, prepare for the Law School Admissions Test, and formulate goals for law school scholarships and financial aid.
The pre-law office is a resource center providing information about every accredited law program in the country. The office also sponsors group meetings that give supplemental information about preparing for a law career. Each semester, sessions are offered to help students prepare for the Law School Admissions Test. At Pre-law events and in other meetings students have an opportunity to talk with visiting representatives of law schools.
Prospective students are welcome to visit the pre-law office throughout the year.
Pre-Law Students at Kansas State University
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.