Pre-Law

Advising Program

Non scholae sed vitae discimus

(​We do not learn for school, but for life)

The best law students are those who have a passion for the law. At Cal Lutheran, we encourage that passion.

We’ll prepare you for the challenges of law school through a wide variety of classes, opportunities of internships, and resources to prepare you for the application process. You’ll have the education, resources, and support you need to successfully pursue your chosen career as an attorney.

The Curriculum
Choose your own major

The Pre-Law advising program does not limit you to any particular major. Study what most closely aligns with your passions. Whichever major you choose, you’ll receive the full benefits of a liberal arts education — making you a well-rounded law school applicant.

Take specially designed courses

There are no required courses to be considered for law school. The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for their legal education. The ABA does encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to take “difficult courses from demanding instructors” along with classes that will develop your research and writing skills.

Cal Lutheran has a variety of majors where “demanding instructors” in their field will help prepare you for your legal education. The Pre-Law advising program will help you identify which courses in your major or as part of your Core-21 requirements may help develop your research and writing skills. See more of the ABA’s recommendations here.

Get experience that matters

Our Career Services office works hard to provide great job positions and internship opportunities at local law firms and other legal experiences to expose students to the law in practice. These kinds of firsthand experiences are invaluable — and make you a much stronger law school candidate.

Benefit from dedicated advisors

As you prepare to apply to law school, you’ll have one-on-one counseling every step of the way. This includes resume writing and personal statement reviews, instructions for LSAC, and any assistance you need in applying for law schools.

Learn more about preparing for law school

The Experience

Overall, the professors have been incredibly supportive, and this is coupled with a multitude of classes suited for several interests. From genocide to race and politics and women and politics, the Political Science Department has opened my perspective to a global view of public policy and issues which I am grateful for.

Sophia Cruz Ponce '23

My favorite aspects of the pre-law program are the courses—specifically those taught by attorneys. Many of the law courses I have taken at Cal Lutheran have required me to go to the court to watch preliminary hearings and appellate cases—something I have since loved to do in my free time. Some professors like Karen Oakman also prepare their students for law school by styling her exams after questions found in the Bar exam, requiring students to make case briefs, and requiring students to write and present oral arguments for a Suppression Motion.

Jesus Raya '22

Your Future

Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared for the challenges of law school. You will also have free, lifelong access to our Career Services — an invaluable resource as you advance in your education and career.

Our graduates have gone on to study at:
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Michigan State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Miami
  • University of San Diego
  • See more schools

Cal Lutheran provided opportunities which set me apart from many students in law school. Cal Lutheran hired practicing attorneys as adjunct professors to teach us how to learn the law and apply it. Opportunities were not limited to the class room, I was encouraged to take a semester in Washington, D.C. and obtained an internship with the Attorney General's Office for the District of Columbia. This allowed me to gain real life experience applying the principles I learned in the classroom. The opportunities and experiences provided by Cal Lutheran prepared me to succeed in pursuing my legal education and in the practice of law.

Brian Coltin '07
Political Science Major

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