Pre-Law Advising

Duke's undergraduate Pre-Law Advising is available to students and alumni from Trinity College and the Pratt School of Engineering who are interested in law school.

Admission to law school is determined mainly by undergraduate grade point average and the score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Extracurricular activities should be a part of an applicant's college experience, and recommendations may be required, but only in marginal cases do they influence admissions decisions.

There is no defined program of pre-law  courses and study at Duke, but there is a pre-law process. Being prelaw at Duke means discovering oneself, defining one's life goals, determining a preferred life style, and developing a strategy for realizing these aspirations. A pre-law student also learns that law school and the practice of law aren't much like their television or movie versions, and discovers that skills like research, negotiation, and mediation are usually more important than skill at oratory.

The Pre-Law Advising Office sponsors programs and distributes information to all students considering careers in law. All pre-law students are invited and encouraged to join the undergraduate pre-law society, Bench and Bar, which offers a variety of programs and activities.

Interested in going to law school in the future? Join Bench and bar, Duke’s Undergraduate Pre-Law Society sponsored by the Pre-Law Advising Office! Membership is open to all students, and underclassmen are especially encouraged to join! We sponsor a variety of programs throughout the year with law school admission officers, law school faculty, practicing lawyers, and LSAT prep companies. These events feature topics like “Applying to Law School,” “Mock Admission Panels” and “The Practice of Law.” Fill out the form at this link ( if you’re interested in becoming a member and receiving information about our first GBM and upcoming events!

A wonderful video of Dean Wilson explaining the ins and outs of applying to law school and a video of Dean Stephen Brown from Fordham are up on our new Prelaw resources site in SAKAI-these videos are for current applicants. We also have many memos uploaded for your convenience. If you don't have access, email your net ID and your year in school and I will add you to the site.