Emporia State is the only institution in Kansas that offers senior pre-law students the opportunity to take a special orientation course on what to expect in law school. The course is taught every other year in the spring by a third-year law student from the University of Kansas or Washburn University law schools.
Emporia State pre-law graduates have been accepted at outstanding law schools throughout the country and are now practicing in a variety of fields as lawyers and judges. Our graduates believe the pre-law training provided by Emporia State is as good as that offered by any institution in the country.
Regarding Academic Preparation
Law schools do not require a particular major or course of study as pre-law preparation. Rather, they suggest that applicants have a broad background with emphasis on a good ability to communicate, sound reasoning skills, and an understanding of the nature, development, and operations of the political, social, and economic institutions of society. They seek applicants who have acquired self-discipline and rigorous study habits in the course of their undergraduate studies.
Again, no particular major or course of study is required. Law is often considered as one of the Social Sciences, thus some acquaintance with other social sciences should be part of one's pre-law preparation. Each student should evaluate their own academic background, interests, and abilities, and select their course of study accordingly. Follow your interests and build on your strengths, but recognize your weaknesses and limitations and take coursework and engage in activities which strengthen those areas.
The largest proportion of pre-law students are found in the areas of the Social Sciences with Political Science and Public Affairs being prominent. The areas of Speech, English, and business furnish a considerable proportion also. Successful pre-law applicants, however, represent almost every conceivable field of undergraduate study. Your own interests and self-evaluation should therefore figure prominently in your choice of a course of study.
For more information on the Pre-Law Program offered through the Department of Social Sciences, please contact Dr. Phil Kelly (620-341-5238).