Pre-Professional Programs


SIX REASONS you should choose Hillsdale College if you are interested in law school


Hillsdale College students regularly have the highest LSAT averages of any college or university in the state of Michigan. The LSAT, or Law School Admissions Test, is one of the most important factors for getting into law school. Last year our average LSAT score was 162 (84th percentile).


Hillsdale College students have had tremendous success getting into the law school of their choice. Every year our students have been admitted to the most selective law schools in the country, including Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, George Mason University, and the University of Notre Dame.


In the last ten years SEVEN Hillsdale College graduates have clerked on the Supreme Court.


Law schools do not want students with a degree in "pre-law," and we do not offer one. They are interested in bright, well-rounded, mature, independent, and ethical human beings. This is the product of a Hillsdale College liberal arts education. Unlike many other institutions which claim to offer an education in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College takes seriously its role as a "trustee of modern man's intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law" (Hillsdale College Mission Statement). Through our core curriculum students learn the kinds of skills that are essential for getting into and succeeding in law school and the legal profession. They learn close and careful reading of difficult texts; they receive training in grammar, rhetoric and logic; and they gain an intimate familiarity with the philosophical, moral and legal foundations of our political institutions.


Our 10:1 student to faculty ratio gives students the opportunity to develop close personal relationships with their professors. These close relationships result in individual instruction for students, professional mentoring by professors, and meaningful letters of recommendation.


Though we do not offer a law or pre-law degree, we offer many resources for students who are interested in law school. Our Pre-law Director advises interested students on every aspect of the law school admissions process. The Pre-law Director also teaches a course every year called "Law and Society," which students are encouraged to take during their sophomore or junior year. This course introduces students to the basics of our legal system and gives them important information for applying to and succeeding in law school. In this course students take a practice LSAT, visit a law school, and attend a trial, and hear guest lectures on law school admissions and the practice of law. The College also offers other courses in law which students can take as electives, including Constitutional Law, Business Law, and Law and Economics.

Law School Preparation

Students studying in Heritage Room

Hillsdale College has an outstanding record of helping students get into law school and succeed in the legal profession. Our students regularly score at or near the highest in the state of Michigan on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), with an average score of 163, which is in the 88th percentile.* Over 99% of our law school applicants are admitted into law schools, including top law schools like Yale University, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan. In recent years, three Hillsdale graduates have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

* Data from 2015 graduating class


WHIP students at the Capitol

The Pre-Law Program offers many resources for students interested in law school. In addition to receiving tailored advising by the Pre-Law Director, students will have the opportunity to hear presentations by law school admissions counselors, attend regular lectures from visiting speakers on legal issues, and spend a semester interning in Washington, D.C. in our newly expanded Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program.

Law and Society

Students taking notes during an Economics class.

Students interested in law school are encouraged to take the “Law and Society” class during their sophomore or junior. The main purpose of this class is to help students discern whether they really want to pursue a law degree and give them important resources for success early. As part of this class, students will take a practice LSAT, visit a law school, attend a trial, and hear guest lectures on law school admission and the practice of law.