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Pre-Law

The first step toward your legal career.

While there is no set “pre-law” curriculum required to be admitted to law school, there are qualities that will set you apart. Through Alma’s pre-law program, you’ll:  

  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, research and writing skills essential for practicing law.  
  • Partner with our pre-law advising group (PLAG) to align courses from your chosen major with your legal ambitions.  
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom to research projects and work experience. 

At A Glance

  • 12:1
    Student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18
    Average class size

Possible Careers

Attorney
Samuel Robb, J.D., 2016 | The Spitz Law Firm, LLC
Attorney-Advisor
Megan Isom, J.D., 2017 | U.S. Department of the Interior
Owner and Attorney
Nicole Bennett, J.D., 1994 | Westland & Bennett PC
Law Student
Matthew Garland, 2023 | Michigan State University College of Law
Assistant Attorney General
Mika Obrecht, J.D., 2018 | Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment
Chief of Staff
Joe Martin, J.D., 2013 | Senator Joseph Bellino
Campaign Organizer
W Robert Schultz III, J.D., 1977 | Active Transportation Alliance
Law Student
Justin Headlee, 2022 | Loyola University Chicago School of Law

The first step toward your legal career.

While there is no set “pre-law” curriculum required to be admitted to law school, there are qualities that will set you apart. Through Alma’s pre-law program, you’ll:  

  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, research and writing skills essential for practicing law.  
  • Partner with our pre-law advising group (PLAG) to align courses from your chosen major with your legal ambitions.  
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom to research projects and work experience. 

Get to Know Pre-Law

Pre-Law Advising Group (PLAG)

At Alma, you'll receive guidance and mentorship from an interdisciplinary team of faculty who are here to help you navigate the path to law school. Meet your pre-law advisors.

Professional Development

As a pre-law student, you'll be encouraged to participate in an internship that provides valuable industry experience. Find out more about career support at Alma.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Invest in your future.

The American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools state that “there is no specific ‘pre-law’ course of study that will enhance a student’s chances of gaining admission to law school.”  

As such, we recommend that pre-law students at Alma select a major they are passionate about. You can then work with our pre-law advisors to choose classes that help prepare you for the LSAT and law school. 

In addition, you can take advantage of opportunities tailored to the field of law. Many pre-law students complete an internship in private practice, government or with an advocacy organization. You can meet with law school representatives at bi-annual campus visits and through sponsored law school forums.  

We also hope you’ll get involved in the Barrister Society, a student-run club that sponsors panels, speakers, workshops and more. 

What You Need to Know

More than 90% of Alma College seniors who worked closely with our pre-law advisors have been admitted to at least one American Bar Association-endorsed law school. These include: 

  • Cornell Law School
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Harvard Law School
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Stanford Law School
  • Yale Law School

Plaid Returns – Alumni Mentoring Program

Any rising junior who is interested in careers in the legal profession and is looking for a mentor is eligible to apply to take part in our alumni mentoring program. The program is designed to foster meaningful relationships between alumni mentors and undergraduate students that will assist students in identifying professional goals and navigating their career paths.

Each student will be paired with an alumni mentor based on similar interests and meet on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program.

Contact careers@alma.edu to learn more about the program and annual application deadlines.

One of my big highlights from Alma was working with Dr. (Kristin) Olbertson on a research project that I ended up presenting at a Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. I ended up winning an award for legal history research, which helped me realize I was doing the right things with my career goals. Alma College also makes you work hard in your academics, which is excellent preparation for any grad school.

Neil Youngdahl, `15

One of my big highlights from Alma was working with Dr. (Kristin) Olbertson on a research project that I ended up presenting at a Phi Alpha Theta regional conference. I ended up winning an award for legal history research, which helped me realize I was doing the right things with my career goals. Alma College also makes you work hard in your academics, which is excellent preparation for any grad school.

Neil Youngdahl, `15

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

Associate Professor of History and American Studies; Pre-Law Program Coordinator

Kristin Olbertson
(989) 463-7246
olbertson@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu