Pre-Law Advising

"Pre-law is not a major, minor, or series of courses. Law school requires no prerequisite courses and has no preferred majors. Pre-law refers to anyone who is considering going to law school."

Penn State Pre-Law Advising is housed in the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park. Whether you are a current Penn State undergraduate or graduate student or an alum planning to attend law school in the future, our pre-law support and related resources will help you find and consider information you need to make informed choices.

The pre-law adviser can assist you with everything from referring you to exploratory resources to reviewing final applications. The pre-law adviser’s objective is to teach you to make informed decisions about law school.

What assistance does Penn State Pre-Law Advising offer?

  • Individual advising appointments either in-person, over-the-phone, or via Skype technology
  • Small-group advising sessions designed specifically for first- and second-year students
  • Advice and guidance on goal clarification, preparing for law school, the law school admissions process, and more
  • Personal statement/addenda review
  • Pre-law event coordination
  • Group presentations
  • Pre-law listserv
  • Appropriate referrals
  • Guidance with navigating the LSAC account and explaining policy/procedures
  • Administration of LSAT prep workshop
  • Networking and collaboration with other college advisers, law school admissions professionals, career services, and Penn State’s Social Science Library

Small group advising sessions

Pre-Law Small Group Advising Sessions are open to all students considering law school. First- and second-year students must attend a Pre-Law Small Group Advising Session prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the pre-law adviser. Juniors and seniors are also encouraged to attend. The sessions are facilitated by the pre-law adviser and are limited to five students to provide an atmosphere conducive to conversation and questions. Topics covered in the Pre-Law Small Group Advising Sessions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing for law school and strengthening your application now (even if you are not yet certain that you want to attend)
  • Learning about law school
  • Learning about the practice of law
  • Deciding whether to apply to law school
  • Preparing for and taking the LSAT (brief introduction to the topic)
  • Applying to law school (brief introduction to the topic)
  • Pre-Law Advising Office resources

Spring 2014 Dates:

Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:00pm

Location: Fireplace Room, Grange Building. Please check in at the front desk in Grange Building lobby upon your arrival.

Registration is required. To register, simply call 814-865-7576 and provide them with your name, student number, email address and the date of the session that you plan to attend. Space is limited to five students each session. If you cannot make a scheduled Pre-Law Small Group Advising Session, please call and cancel so that we can offer your seat to another student.

Make an appointment

To schedule an appointment with the pre-law adviser, please call the Division of Undergraduate Studies at 814-865-7576.

Prepare for your appointment

Your time is valuable! To get the most out of your advising discussion, it is important that you prepare for your appointment.

  • Browse the Penn State Pre-Law Advising website for answers to many common questions about law school. Start developing/honing your research skills now!
  • Complete the PreLawReview to help prepare for your appointment
  • Write down questions
  • Please email any written documents you wish to have reviewed at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment

Contact us

Katherine E. Garren, J.D.
Pre-Law Adviser
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
101 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802s

Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm (Mon-Fri, Eastern Time)