Emporia State is the only institution in Kansas that offers senior pre-law students the opportunity to take a special orientation course on what to expect in law school.  The course is taught every other year in the spring by a third-year law student from the University of Kansas or Washburn University law schools.

Emporia State pre-law graduates have been accepted at outstanding law schools throughout the country and are now practicing in a variety of fields as lawyers and judges. Our graduates believe the pre-law training provided by Emporia State is as good as that offered by any institution in the country.

Regarding Academic Preparation

ESU students work with Dr. Kelly, our Pre-Law Advisor.  They may also pursue Legal Studies Minor which may be paired with any major. The new emphasis responds to law schools' suggestion that applicants have a broad academic foundation with oral and written communication skills, sound reasoning (critical thinking) abilities, and an understanding of the nature, development, and operations of the political, social, and economic institutions of society. They seek applicants who have acquired self-discipline and rigorous study habits in the course of their undergraduate studies.

Law is often considered as one of the Social Sciences, thus some acquaintance with other social sciences should be part of one's pre-law preparation. Students should evaluate their own academic aspirations, interests, and abilities, and build on their strengths as they prepare for law school. The course of study in pre-law in the political science major is designed to allow students to do just that.

For more information contact Pre-law advisor Dr. Phil Kelly: