Pre-professional program

Prepare for law school. Become a stronger thinker and communicator. Sharpen your intellect through courses that challenge and interest you at Luther College.

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Why Study Pre-Law?

If you want to help people and organizations with their legal issues, studying pre-law might be a good fit for you. It’s also a good field if you enjoy finding solutions to complex problems. Practicing law can be fascinating since it requires a broad set of skills and involves building strong relationships.

Why Study Pre-Law at Luther?

Taking risks, exploring complex topics, and facing challenges are some of the best ways to prepare for law school. That’s why we encourage Luther students interested in law to take a wide range of intellectually demanding courses from challenging professors.

In addition to completing rigorous coursework, we also support and encourage you to do an internship, study abroad, or spend a semester in the nation’s capital.

Program Highlights

3+3 Option

Luther has agreements with the law schools at Drake University and the University of Iowa that allow you to begin law school after your junior year.

Students interested in this option can go through the regular law school application during their junior year and must be accepted by Drake or University of Iowa. If accepted, they will receive the B.A. degree from Luther after successfully completing the first year of law school.


Washington Semester Program

Our Washington Semester is a personalized internship that allows you to live, study, and learn in the DC area while earning a full semester of academic credit.

Mock Trial

Participate in a program where you can learn the basics of critical thinking, acquire basic knowledge about the criminal and civil legal systems, and enhance your leadership skills.

What You’ll Learn

Our law-related courses let you explore your interest in law or prepare for law school. They include:

  • Constitutional law
  • Business law
  • Law and economics
  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Logic
  • Rhetoric

Keep in mind that the surest preparation for law school is to major in an area you enjoy and take intellectually challenging courses from many disciplines. This applies even to preparing for the LSAT. Look for courses that will sharpen:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing
  • Analytical skills

Most important, to quote the American Bar Association statement, “taking difficult courses from demanding instructors is the best generic preparation for legal education.”

Careers and Outcomes

Many students who study pre-law at Luther go on to attend top-tier law schools across the country. Others pursue different graduate studies. Luther pre-law alumni have also found success in careers across a wide variety of organizations.

Law Schools

  • Harvard Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Drake University Law School
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • University of Colorado Law School


  • Department of Justice
  • US Congress
  • Mercy Medical Foundation
  • United Nations
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Teach for America
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Thomson Reuters
  • McCormick & Co.
  • Dairyland Power
Delaney McMullan
The well-rounded curriculum provided by Luther is so beneficial. The credit requirements ensured that I strengthened everything from my writing and communication skills to my analytical skills. I’ve found them to be very useful in my first year of law school.
Delaney McMullan '14
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