Basic Pre-Law Info

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS), is an essential source of information about the process of applying to law school, law schools, and law careers.

The American Bar Association provides a variety of information about legal education and careers.

Various other sites provide useful information.  For example:

FindLaw     Pre-Law Advisor’s National Council     Pre-Law Handbook

On Campus:

1. The Pre-Law Advisors are available for individual discussions.

2. Materials about law school, the admission process, and the LSAT are available in:

  Library Reference Area
  (LSAT sample tests available on reserve)

  Durand lounge area (outside Room 103)
  (Flyers from particular law schools available here)

3. Talk to alumni in a wide variety of law-related careers

The Mentor Program Coordinator in Career Services can help connect you with alumni who are willing to share their stories with students. Make an appointment by calling 847-735-6240 or stop by Career Services in Buchanan Hall.

Branches of Law

While the first year of law school is pretty similar, the possibilities for specialization increase in later years.  There are many branches of the law, and each law school has its own areas of strength.  Included below are listings of some of the typical areas of specialization—and a link to LSAC’s information about particular law schools.  
(The list is NOT exhaustive.)

  • Administrative/Regulatory 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental 
  • Family 
  • Foreign and International 
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Health
  • Immigration 
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Property 
  • Taxation