The Pre-Law program at Gustavus has a long and successful history. Gustavus Adolphus College offers advising, events, and campus visits by law school admission office representatives to all students who may be interested in attending law school in the future. Gustavus graduates often attend law school in the Midwest (University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, Drake, St. Thomas, Mitchell Hamline), though many have studied at other law schools including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, the University of Chicago and more.

Spring 2024: Student advising is conducted by Michelle Zehnder Fischer, the Gustavus Adolphus Pre-Law Advisor. Students looking to learn more about law school and preparing while at Gustavus Adolphus should contact Michele at

Fall 2024 and Beyond: Student advising is conducted by Dr. Lori Carsen Kelly. Students looking to learn more about law school and preparing for a career in law while at Gustavus Adolphus should contact Dr. Carsen Kelly at

The Fall 2024 Pre-Law Seminar will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-7:35 p.m. during the second half of the fall semester (Beginning October 30). Register for POL 298.

This half-semester, 1 credit course is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career and/or law school or who want to learn more about what it entails. The Pre-Law Seminar explores the major fields of work available in the legal profession such as criminal law, defense law, government work, private practice, and corporate law, with the goal of helping students identify the aspects of legal work that are most of interest to them. The course also provides an introduction to the process of preparing for law school including studying for and taking the LSAT, searching for law schools, the law school application process, and the experience of being a law student. This course is open to students in any major and in any year of school. The Pre-Law Seminar can be retaken multiple times for credit. The Pre-Law Seminar does not count toward the Political Science major or minor.

Law school admission office representatives should contact Lori Carsen Kelly at

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