The Pre-Law program at Eastern Illinois University successfully prepares many students for law school. The program includes the students electing to pursue a Pre-Law Minor, as well as those participating in Moot Court, Pre-Law Internships, and Pre-Law Society (a student run organization), and those seeking pre-law advisement.
The Pre-Law Minor is not necessary for admission to law school, but does help prepare a student for the LSAT and the rigors of law school. Students may pair the Pre-Law Minor with any major. Courses may also be double counted towards other minors and majors.
For those that want to save a year of tuition and time, EIU has an Accelerated J.D. Program with Northern Illinois University College of Law. Qualified students can start law school after 3 only years of undergraduate study.
In recent years, EIU Pre-Law students have successfully attended law school at a variety of schools around the country, including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Idaho, the University of Maryland, Penn State, the University of Iowa, the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, St. Louis University, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Chicago-Kent School of Law in Chicago, and John Marshall University in Chicago.
Completion time: 21 semester hours
Pre-law internships are available for academic credit. Available local sites may include:
Some students do internships in their home communities over the summer.
Whether you obtain the pre-law minor or not, if you wish to attend law school, it is recommended that you get pre-law advisement soon in your first semester as a transfer student. The law school application process is beginning soon, especially if you are a junior!