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A Solid Foundation

Whether you dream of attending law school or working in a law-related career, Illinois Wesleyan’s liberal arts curriculum is an excellent preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school.

Pre-Law at IWU isn’t a major; it’s a program affiliated with the political science, business, sociology and philosophy departments. You’ll benefit from courses that require you to read challenging works, write papers demonstrating organization of complicated materials, and develop your speaking skills.


The Pre-Law Pathway

The IWU Pre-Law Pathway offers students meaningful opportunities throughout their college career to engage with faculty, community leaders, and ideas that will develop their critical thinking skills and build their resumes in preparation for applying to and entering law school. From our nationally-recognized Ethics Bowl team to our unique Trial Class capstone, Illinois Wesleyan supports pre-law students at every step along their journey from undergraduate to successful law school student. 


Pre-Law and the IWU Experience 


Opportunities to Explore


Jeff Becker headshot

“During most of my time at IWU, I was a psychology major. I had seriously considered going to grad school in some discipline of psychology, but then I took business law, which opened my eyes to what a fun and intellectually stimulating path law would be. From that point forward, I knew law school was coming next.”

Jeff Becker '01One of Billboard Magazine’s 2019 Top Music Lawyers 


The IWU Advantage

  • Our small classes and individual attention will help you develop reading, writing and critical thinking skills that are absolutely essential in successfully pursuing law school.
  • You'll have the flexibility to take courses that interest you where, as a result, you will be more successful – especially since law schools prioritize GPA over a particular course of study.
  • Members of the Pre-Law Advisory Committee will be available to talk with you about your course selections, law school options, applications, personal statements and any other questions about law school you might have.
  • IWU’s general education requirements are designed to help you explore a broad range of disciplines and develop enduring qualities of mind and character. A challenging liberal arts education is indisputably the best pre-law academic preparation that you can pursue.
  • Sampling of Courses Related to the Pre-Law Program: 

    • Business Law I and II

    • Elementary Symbolic Logic

    • Philosophy of Law

    • Congress and the Legislative Process

    • Constitutional Law I and II

    • Criminology

    • International Law and Organizations

    • American Environmental Politics and Policy


Graduate Success

Illinois Wesleyan graduates have been accepted to law schools across the nation, including:

American University

Boston University

Case Western

Reserve University

Chicago-Kent School of Law

DePaul University

Drake University

Emory University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Indiana University

John Marshall Law School

Loyola University

Marquette University

Northwestern University

Rutgers University

Saint Louis University

Tulane University

University of Chicago

University of Colorado

University of Florida

University of Illinois

University of Iowa

University of Miami

University of Minnesota

University of Notre Dame

University of Southern California

University of Tulsa

University of Virginia

University of Washington

Valparaiso University

Washington University

Yale University



Jim Simeone - Sally A. Firestone Professor in Peace and Social Justice, Professor of Political Science

Department - Political Science