Components to the NU Prelaw Program

1. The prelaw minor.

The prelaw minor is composed of 18 hours including required and elective hours.  The courses in the prelaw minor are designed/selected to promote and develop skills including critical thinking, critical reading abilities, writing, and general research--skills that are especially important to successful completion of the LSAT.

2. A major of the student's choice.

Students are encouraged to select a major of their choice.  Law schools do not require a specific major for entry into their programs; in fact, they encourage a variety of majors to contribute to the diversity of their student body.  Newman University students who have been accepted in law schools have completed majors in business, history, criminal justice, English, communication, and sociology, to name a few.  While working on a major that students enjoy, they should especially concentrate on developing critical thinking skills and maintaining a high GPA.

3. Guidance and advice from the prelaw advisor.

The prelaw advisor may be the primary advisor for the student or a secondary advisor who assists students in course enrollment for each semester.  In addition, the prelaw advisor is available to assist students preparing for and applying to law school.
The advisor meets with pre-law students and together they plan a curriculum that takes into account the unique strengths and interests in each individual.  Students work closely with the advisor in selecting courses that will enable them to develop the competencies necessary for the study of law.
Students also confer with the advisors/mentors to select the schools to which they wish to apply or to identify alternatives to a law career.  The advisor and student plan application strategies, prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and formulate goals for law school scholarships and financial aid.

4. Access to Newman University alumni in the law profession.

A number of Newman University graduates who have completed law school and continue to practice law in Wichita area have agreed to mentor prelaw students.  The mentor will provide an extra layer of guidance to the student by being available to answer question and provide helpful information about law school and the practice of law.  Prelaw students will have the opportunity to be matched with a Newman graduate who can "support" them as they prepare for law school.