Explore Pre-Law

U of M Pre-Law Advising Office

The U of M offers many opportunities that will help you gain insight into whether law school is right for you. Many of these activities will also help make you an appealing law school candidate. The list below provides some suggestions for activities (on and off campus). This list is not comprehensive, but it is a good start:


The skills you'll need for law school can be attained through most majors, particularly majors in the liberal arts. You'll increase your chances of being admitted to law school if you choose a major you like and that you do well in.


The University of Minnesota offers classes that may help you become an appealing law school candidate. Check out our list of Suggested Pre-Law Classes.


The American Bar Association's Pre-Law Committee identifies the following skills as essential for law school:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Critical reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication and listening abilities
  • General research skills
  • Task organization and management skills
  • Value serving others and promoting justice


CLA Career Services is the pre-law advising office for all students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Here are a few resources to help you figure out if law school is for you:

For further assistance, you can schedule an appointment with the pre-law advisor at 612-624-7577 or pladv@umn.edu. Another great way to learn more is to register for the 2-credit Law School Exploration class.

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