Pre-Law Program

As a student in the Pre-Law Program at Wilkes, you’ll benefit from tailored advising to help you prepare for law school and a law career. Students in any major of study can participate.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Advising Program On Campus N/A

Why Participate in the Pre-Law Program at Wilkes?

Wilkes University’s Pre-Law Program provides you with personalized advising to guide you on the path to law school and a law career. No matter your major, you can gain advice on course selection, preparation for the Law School Achievement Test (LSAT), and assistance with law school applications.

You’ll be advised to take courses that stress reading comprehension, analytical and logical thinking skills, and government and law. You’ll be encouraged to learn the “case method” approach as taught in courses like Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and The Constitution in the Federal System.

Due to the intricacies of certain programs or requirements imposed by professional and graduate schools or external accrediting agencies, Wilkes has named advisors in special areas of interest. The council includes Kyle L. Kreider, coordinating pre-law advisor, political science; John H. Hepp, history; Lawrence Kuhar, English; and Brian E. Whitman, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.

What Will You Gain from the Pre-Law Program?

  • Gain insights from expert guest speakers such as law school admissions representatives, law students and practicing attorneys who visit campus to share their professional experiences.
  • Access law-related internships with judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private practitioners, and government agencies.
  • Travel with the Pre-Law Society to local and regional law schools such as Villanova University, Temple University, Widener University, Penn State Dickinson and Drexel University. Students have also visited the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Prepare for the LSAT with practice exams given on weekends and club days.
  • Interact with faculty members from a variety of academic specialties on the Pre-Law Advisors Council.

Program Highlights

Specialized Advising

Your Pre-Law advisor will assist you with course selection, LSAT preparation, preparation courses, law school applications and personal statements.

Law-Related Internships

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a law-related internship with a judge, prosecutor, public defender, private practitioner or government agency.

3+3 Accelerated Programs

Wilkes offers 3+3 programs with Penn State Law and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. These allow you to earn both a bachelor and a juris doctor degree in just six years of study.


of students in the Pre-Law Program are accepted to at least one law school


majors represented in the Pre-Law Program in the last 15 years


average number of ABA admissions per Wilkes applicant

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Careers & Outcomes

Law Schools Attended by Wilkes Students:

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • New York University School of Law
  • Penn State Law
  • Penn State Dickinson Law
  • Temple University School of Law
  • Washington and Lee School of Law
  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School
  • Villanova University School of Law

I love what I do. Going to class doesn’t even feel like work. I have the best professors and the best people around me.

Sydney Cogswell - Political Science and Criminology/Pre-Law