What Makes Drew a Great Place for Pre-Law Students?
- Small classes and dedicated faculty members who will get to know you well enough to provide strong letters of recommendation to law schools.
- Exceptional pre-law advising and support from when you first set foot on campus, and continuing through the law school application process
- Students can get a taste of what law school will be like by taking courses such as “International Law,” “Civil Liberties,” “Law, Politics, and Society,” “International Human Rights,” and many more.
- Our location, 30 miles west of NYC and midway between two of NJ’s legal centers, Morristown and Roseland, ensures a wealth of prime pre-law internships. We help place students with superior court judges, prosecutors’ offices, local law firms, probation offices, and juvenile courts.
- Our Law and Political Science Society brings speakers to campus, organizes mock trial competitions, and helps students learn about the legal profession, politics, and policy. It also publishes an undergraduate journal on law and public policy.
Can I major in anything I wish?
Yes. At Drew, pre-law is a track, not a major. As a pre-law student, you can choose from any of the college’s disciplinary or interdisciplinary majors.
Along with the requirements for my major, what courses should I take as a pre-law student?
While there are no courses that are officially required by law schools, Drew recommends that all pre-law students take courses in public speaking, economics, writing, politics. Our Political Science Department offers numerous law related classes, such as Law, Politics, and Society, Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice, Principles of International Law,Philosophy of Law, International Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, and many more.
Who will advise me?
As a pre-law student at Drew, you will get advising from at least two sources: your academic advisor, who is a professor in your chosen major, and a pre-law advisor, who is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
What percentage of Drew students applying for law school are admitted?
Most Drew pre-law students with strong GPAs and LSAT scores are admitted to competitive law schools.
How strong is Drew’s reputation for preparing students for law school?
Recognition of Drew’s strong tradition of preparing students for careers in law is evident in the quality law schools to which our graduates are continually accepted. Some of the law schools at which Drew graduates have enrolled over the past five years include: American University Law School, Benjamin Cardozo Law School, Boston University Law School, Columbia University Law School, Cornell University Law School, Fordham University Law School, Georgetown University Law School, George Washington University Law School, New York University Law School, Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers University Law School in Newark, Rutgers University Law School in Camden, Syracuse University Law School, Temple University Law School, University of California at Los Angeles Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Virginia Law School, University of Connecticut Law School, Wake Forest University Law School, Widener University Law School.
What can I do to make myself a competitive applicant to law school?
Applicants can place themselves in the most competitive position by:
- maintaining an excellent grade point average
- demonstrating service to peers, campus, or community
- obtaining internship experience in the legal field
- exploring your liberal arts education (law schools seek applicants who are both academically and personally well-rounded)
- getting to know your professors well in order to secure strong letters of recommendation
- check in with our pre-law advisors regularly