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
  • 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

Summer 2014:

Pre-Law Advising does not hold small group sessions over the summer. Please check back in August for a list of Fall 2014 small group session dates.

Make an appointment

Pre-law advising appointments are limited over the summer. 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)