Pre-Law Track

At Syracuse University, the path you take on the way to receiving your pre-law degree begins by exploring which subjects spark your intellectual curiosity.

This is your chance to discover what you are most passionate about, and our student-to-faculty ratio means that you’ll have the mentoring and support along the way.

Through the study of subjects offered in the liberal arts, you’ll develop the skills, values, knowledge, and experience that will prepare you for life after graduation, including law school.

Pre-law advising


The American Bar Association (ABA) has identified some of the areas of study that will enhance your preparation for law school, such as:

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing and Editing
  • Oral Communication and Listening
  • Research
  • Organization and Management
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice
  • Relationship-building and Collaboration
  • Background Knowledge
  • Exposure to the Law

Based on these ABA recommendations and your advisor’s expertise, you’ll take courses focused on:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Basic Math and Finance
  • Human Behavior and Social Interaction
  • Culture
  • Economics

Practical ExperienceLink

Round out your resume, build valuable relationships, and impress potential employers and graduate schools  by joining one of Syracuse University’s many student organizations:

  • The nationally-known Syracuse University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team gives you the chance to prepare a case for trial. Students become trial attorneys and witnesses and compete against other universities across the country.
  • The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Pre-Law Chapter articulates and promotes the needs and goals of minority pre-law students. NBLSA advocates for minorities and offers various service opportunities and programs.
  • The University’s Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Chapter welcomes all students interested in law or thinking about a career in law. Along with introducing students to different specialties within the field of law, the group also discusses internships, LSAT preparation, and hosts guest speakers and social events.

Study AbroadLink

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse UniversityLink

As a graduate with a pre-law track, you’ll have a number of marketable skills desirable to employers. You can:

  • Pursue a law degree at Syracuse University’s College of Law or another institution.
  • Embark on a career in a variety of fields, including law enforcement, human resources, compliance, accounting, real estate, mediation, or government relations.