Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law

An Outstanding Record of Preparing Students to Succeed in the Legal Profession

Hillsdale's classical liberal arts education will equip you with the necessary virtues and skills essential for getting into law school and succeeding in the legal profession. Through our core curriculum, you will learn to read and analyze difficult texts, develop logical reasoning and problem-solving skills, and master the art of writing clearly. Law schools do not want students with a degree in "pre-law studies" and Hillsdale does not offer any preprofessional degrees; instead, law schools are interested in bright, well-rounded, mature, independent, and ethical human beings. You can choose to major in any field while receiving tailored faculty advising designed to help you prepare a strong law school application throughout your undergraduate years. The pre-law program is directed by Dr. Nathan Schlueter.

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

Resources

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.