Law (Pre)

Why study Law (Pre)?

Law is a diverse discipline that can prepare you for many career paths both inside and outside of the courtroom. Students who want to enhance their critical-thinking skills, learn about rights and justice issues, and understand society better, will benefit from studying law. Public speaking, effective writing, the art of negotiation, and persuasion are also key elements of a law education. Businesses and organizations rely on legal experts to ensure they are following various regulations and laws. Studying the law is an excellent way to support organizations and missions important to students. Lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Why study in Pre-Law at AU?

Aurora University faculty members have created an experiential and high-impact Pre-Law program, which includes a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparatory course. As part of the program, students work with faculty members to contact law professionals to discuss the range of career opportunities, build relationships, and gauge interest in attending law school. AU faculty also help you to thoroughly research your top law school choices with regard to faculty strengths, funding opportunities, LSAT expectations, and other factors. This one-on-one, personalized attention during the counseling process gives students the support they need as they make the transition from undergrad to law school.

Majors that complement the Pre-Law program include Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Political Science and Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.


How much education is required to become a lawyer?

After you earn your undergraduate degree, you need to attend law school for three years to earn your Juris Doctor. You then need to pass the bar examination for whichever state you would like to practice law in to receive your license.

Qualified Pre-Law students can benefit from AU’s agreements with DePaul University College of Law and  Marquette University Law School. Please visit our academic affiliations page to learn more.

AU’s Pre-Law program provided the necessary tools to succeed in law school. I learned to analyze cases, think critically, prepare case briefs, and how to study for law school exams. Analy Ayala ’20, law student at University of Illinois

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Curriculum Highlights
  • Constitutional law/judicial system
  • Logic
  • LSAT prep
  • Personalized mentoring
Campus Opportunities
  • Aurora Criminal Justice Association
  • AU Students’ Association
  • Pre-Law Club
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Students will be encouraged to prepare for law school through several activities, including shadowing an attorney, securing an internship, meeting with legal professionals, and taking courses focusing on oral communication, research, and public service.

Career opportunities with a law degree

  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Judge advocate, U.S. military
  • Judicial clerk
  • Legal consultant
  • Legislative/research aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Professor

Advanced degree programs

AU graduates attend some of the top law schools in the country:

  • Michigan State University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame