Law School Admissions
Luther graduates have had a high degree of success in gaining entering law school. While factors such as GPA and the LSAT score have a role in narrowing a student's law school search, much of his decision has to do with personal preferences. These preferences may have to do with school location, prestige, program specifications, or placement for work after law school.
In talking with students about law school we tend to think of three levels.
- Top Tier. Some students desire to attend one of the most prestigious national law schools. This will serve well students that are looking to practice law in the nation's most influential law firms. In recent years Luther alumni have earned law degrees at University of Chicago, University of Michigan, NYU, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, and Harvard.
- State Universities. Because the public law schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois have national reputations and are more affordable than the most prestigious private law schools, many Luther students prefer to stay home for law school. Also, for students looking to practice in the Midwest or work in firms nationally, an education at a state university has proven to be an effective option. In any given year there will be multiple Luther graduates studying at University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin.
- Regionally Acclaimed. In addition, we are fortunate to have a number of first-rate regional law schools located in the Midwest, which have served our graduates well. Regionally acclaimed law schools work well for students who wish to practice law in the Midwest. In recent years, Luther alumni have studied at Drake, Hamline, William Mitchell, St. Thomas, Loyola, Valparaiso, Ohio Northern, and Creighton.
In recent years more students have chosen not to go directly to law school. Some do a volunteer program for a short period of time and others work, sometimes for five to ten years, before continuing their legal education. Not only is this is a national trend, we think for those who are unsure of their career path or wanting to take a break from intense studying, this can be a good choice.
No matter which path is taken to earn a law degree, Luther's liberal arts education helps to prepare its students for each of these higher education paths. So whether one is looking to work in the nation's capital, the Twin Cities, or the Quad cities, students are prepared for their continued education at each of the three types of schools that would take them there.