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Explore pre-law at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you well for a career in law. Pre-law is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and become a lawyer.

A specific major is not required to get into law school, but certain skills and curriculum are favored. For example, the American Bar Association recommends that future lawyers select a major that develops skills in reading and interpreting texts, research and writing. Additional skills valued in law school are analytic and problem-solving skills, so courses that challenge students in these areas are recommended.

Law school admissions are based on successful completion of an undergraduate degree, scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a strong GPA, letters of recommendation and other criteria set by particular programs.

Studies show that students in the following majors consistently score highly on the LSAT: economics, finance, history, literature, philosophy, physics/math, political science and religious studies. A popular major choice for students at UW-Eau Claire is legal studies.

Pre-law scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in pre-law. For example, the Karl Andresen Scholarship awards a number of scholarships (up to $7,500) to pre-law students who demonstrate scholarly excellence and plan to attend either law or graduate school immediately after graduating from UW-Eau Claire. 

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.  
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Pre-law highlights

Relevant student organizations. Several on-campus student organizations — like the Pre-Law Club — connect you with other students who are also interested in a law career. Membership will educate you on aspects of the legal profession and help you to make regional and national political and legal connections.

Individualized attention and support. Every pre-law student is assigned a faculty advisor from the political science department. Your advisor will provide you with individualized attention and is available to answer questions about law programs, courses and other concerns. They also have up-to-date information on the admission requirements of regional law schools and can help you plan your schedule accordingly. 

Exceptional faculty. The high quality of UW-Eau Claire’s liberal arts education provides students with cultural awareness and breadth of knowledge that graduate and professional schools find desirable. Your professors will know you by name and will do all they can to support you in earning your degree and pursuing law school. 

Stellar program reputation. Pre-law students fare very well in seeking admission into law school. Graduates regularly attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, Hamline University and Marquette. Other recent graduates have attended Indiana University, Boston University, Northwestern, Harvard, University of Michigan, Princeton and Yale.

Recommended courses, regardless of major, include:

In addition, U.S. and world history courses, as well as ethics courses, are recommended.

Learn more about pre-law in the UWEC course catalog

Related programs at UW-Eau Claire

A few majors that would best support a career path in law include:

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