Pre-law is not a major, however, Loras has designed a sequence of courses to help prepare you for the application and admission requirements to the specific law programs you are interested in after earning your bachelor’s degree at Loras College.
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For students considering a career in the law, Loras offers a diverse, in-depth, and individualized pre-law program. Following the recommendations of law schools and the American Bar Association, Loras does not have a pre-law major. There is no one “right” major for a legal career, and the liberal arts education at the core of the Loras curriculum serves as a fantastic foundation for law school.
Developing critical reasoning, writing, and effective oral communication skills are key to success in law school and legal career. In addition, Loras offers a variety of undergraduate courses for students to explore and pursue their specific interest in law, and to help discern their vocation. Law-focused courses are offered in a variety of fields (e.g., Business, Criminal Justice, Politics, English, and Communication) and are open to all students.
Beyond courses, pre-law advising and unique co-curricular opportunities distinguish the pre-law program at Loras.
At Loras, you have amazing opportunities to gain hands-on legal experience, such as moot court, internships, and other student organizations. This strengthens your understanding of trial procedures and connecting with like-minded peers.
Through Loras’ robust offerings, you can confirm your interest in law, stand out on law school applications, and get a head start on developing skills that will propel your legal career.
St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society
Organization for all pre-law students. The St. Thomas More Society hosts speakers, workshops and events on the law school admissions process, and networking events with legal professionals.. All to help you make an informed decisions about pursuing a career in the law.
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Moot Court is an intercollegiate academic competition in which you perform the role of attorneys in oral argument in a fictitious case before the US Supreme Court. While the case problem is fictitious, the case involves real areas of constitutional law and U.S. Supreme Court precedents. Students learn the constitutional law involved and develop and present their own oral arguments. Moot Court simulates what occurs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills in reading and applying the law. Loras students participate in regional and national intercollegiate competition. Loras is only 1 of 2 such programs in Iowa and 1 of 4 programs across Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
As part of your pre-law experience at Loras, you can pursue internships that encourage you to apply what you are learning through your coursework in a professional setting.
There are unpaid internships available at the State of Iowa Public Defender’s Office, the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office, Iowa District Court Administration, Legal Services of Iowa, and occasionally paid internships at private law firms.
Places Loras students have interned previously:
- Blackhawk County Courthouse
- Iowa Public Defender’s Office
- Iowa Legal Aid
- Reynolds and Kenline
- Boffelli and Spannagel
All students interested in a legal career have access to pre-law advising. This advising offers support in pre-law course selection, internships, LSAT preparation, and the law school application process.
Through tailored guidance and mentorship, pre-law advising empowers you to make informed decisions and succeed in your legal education and career aspirations.
- Regular advising sessions with the pre-law advisor
- Campus visits from local law professionals
- Opportunities to investigate opportunities within the legal field
- Resources on career choice, schools, and admissions requirements
Get Into Your Program
- Meet admission officers from law schools when they visit campus
- Visit a variety of law schools
- Mock interviews and application workshops
Get the Right Experience
We encourage and guide you to secure internship hours or a part-time job in law enforcement, courthouse, law office, city government, non-profit organization, city attorney’s office, or related field, shadowing professionals in a variety of settings, and help you find volunteer and leadership experiences during your time at Loras.
This provides an opportunity to confirm your calling, build the foundation towards a well-rounded legal professional and leader, and develop a competitive law school application.