College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Ms. Maria Vertuno
Pre-Law students prepare for admission to law school by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (which requires a foreign language) or Bachelor of Science. Students who study Pre-Law at Bradley are admitted to a variety of academic majors and use resources offered at Bradley to prepare for admission to law school after completing an undergraduate degree. Students in Bradley’s Pre-Law program may complete any major, but they most frequently choose:
- Political Science
- Criminal Justice
- Organizational Communication
Most law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major, preferring a broad academic background instead. In addition to the requirements of a chosen academic major, Pre-Law students are advised to take courses that focus on:
- oral and written expression
- social perspective
- law-related subjects such as Political Science, American History, Business, Economics, and Psychology
In addition to working with faculty within their specific major area, Pre-Law students may also choose to receive academic guidance from a Pre-law advisor who will help them in preparing for law school candidacy.
Opportunities at Bradley
The Pre-Law Club, Political Science Club, and Mock Trial Team are three additional resources for Pre-Law students at Bradley. The Pre-Law Club conducts a wide variety of activities related to legal careers and admission to law schools. The Political Science Club sponsors a variety of activities including seminars on graduate school, faculty panels, career seminars, and an annual student awards banquet. Students participating on the Mock Trial Team try hypothetical cases in competition against students from other colleges and universities. In addition, Bradley provides a prep course for the LSAT (offered on campus most spring semesters by the Stanley H. Kaplan organization), and a law reference library.
Washington Semester and Study Abroad Opportunities
Students interested in Pre-Law are encouraged to take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities. Internships are available at all levels of U.S. government and in foreign government and international organizations. Bradley also offers a Washington Semester Program in cooperation with American University in Washington, D.C.
One measure of the success of Bradley’s Pre-Law students is their placement into the nation’s best law schools. In recent years, Bradley graduates have been admitted to all of the programs generally recognized as “Top 10” Law Schools.