Lewis is the perfect place to prepare for law school.

From Lewis to Law School

Acceptance into law school is generally determined by a comprehensive evaluation that includes:

  • Your Law School Admission (LSAT) score
  • Your college GPA
  • Your written personal statement (specified by each law school)
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Some schools also consider work experience, extracurricular and civic activities, and diversity of classes.

In order to determine the probability of getting accepted in specific law schools based on your GPA and LSAT scores, please see the Law School Admission Council’s website (

Academic Preparation

While there is no specific undergraduate major or set of courses required for admission to law school, the majors that provide the best preparation are Political Science, English, History, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, and Philosophy of Law. Students who have interests in applying the law to business, science and technology, nursing, education or media should consider adding another major or minor from the list above. In addition, the Political Science Department offers POLS-36000 Pre-Law Seminar: Law School Preparation, which teaches about the legal profession, introduces students to legal writing, and provides information on the application process.  Finally, pre-law students are encouraged to participate in the Mock Trial and Mediation teams.  Overall, the best undergraduate preparation law school and for the LSAT is a challenging program of study that develops students’ writing and oral communication skills, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

When Should You Take the LSAT?

Students planning to enter law school in the fall semester after graduation from college should take the LSAT at the end of their junior year or the beginning of their senior year. The Pre-Law Program strongly encourages students to participate in and complete a comprehensive preparatory program prior to taking the LSAT. This preparation can be in the form of self-guided study using a preparation manual, tutorial study in a group, or a specially designed, commercially available preparation course.  In addition, the Philosophy Department offers PHIL-30700 Reasoning and Standardized Test-Taking, a course open to all juniors and seniors that focuses on preparing for the LSAT. 

The LSAT may be taken more than once so students are urged to take the exam earlier rather than later. Multiple test takers should know that LSAT will send all scores to the designated Schools of Law. However, the manner in which the law school handles the scores will depend on the policies of the particular institution. Some will consider only the most recent score, some the highest score, and some law schools will average the scores. With this in mind, students should check with those law schools to which they will be applying to ascertain the advisability of retesting.

Accelerated Law Dual Degree Program with the John Marshall Law School

Lewis University has partnered with The John Marshall Law School in Chicago to provide students with an accelerated dual law degree program. Accelerate your way through law school by getting undergraduate credit for your Juris Doctorate (JD) coursework. And you'll earn both your bachelor's degree and your JD in just six years, an entire year faster than traditional seven-year programs.

The John Marshall Law School accepts a number of exceptionally well-qualified Lewis University students at the end of their junior year based on a comprehensive evaluation. Successful applicants typically have a GPA and LSAT score above the prior year's entering class average - a high standard to achieve. But if you do, after your first year at The John Marshall Law School, you will have earned enough elective credits to receive your bachelor's degree from Lewis and be a year ahead of schedule toward your JD degree.

Students who fail to meet this standard and receive early entrance may still qualify for admission into The John Marshall Law School or another law school after traditional graduation from Lewis. Students who successfully enter John Marshall's JD program but do not complete it for any reason can apply for readmission to Lewis University and finish their bachelor's degree. Lewis University will consider all courses completed at John Marshall with a grade of "C" or above for transfer as elective credit. After a student earns at least 128 Lewis University total semester hours, they will earn their bachelor's degree from Lewis.

Learn more about our Accelerated Law Dual Degree Program with this helpful FAQ.

Your Pre-Law Advisor

Any student who is considering law school should meet contact Dr. Laurette Liesen to discuss majors and specific undergraduate coursework that will be helpful in preparing for law school. Your advisor will also provide information on LSAT preparation, law school application dates, and the application process.


Contact Dr. Laurette Liesen at 815-836-5681 or  to set up an appointment.