A law career requires serious undergraduate preparation. You’ll need to engage new ideas and acquire new skills in a place where you can test them—with friends to support you and mentors to guide you. Dominican is that place.
A personal approach to professional preparation
You’ll work side-by-side with a faculty advisor who will help you identify, refine and pursue your professional goals. You’ll refine your plan regularly in ongoing conversations with your advisor and with additional expert, caring faculty who understand what it takes to enroll in law school and succeed in the legal profession. Your advisor will help you design a personal academic plan, will guide you through the law school application process, and will connect you with all the people, resources and experiences you need to make your dreams a reality. These close, productive relationships are at the heart of Dominican’s pre-law program. Learn more.
Purposeful learning for a law career
Lawyers need to be able to think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, research and analyze complex issues and understand the social and historical context of events. The Dominican experience is designed to build those skills. Pre-law students major in any subject. We encourage you to follow your passions and academic interests. Your pre-law advisor will help you select appropriate courses from across the curriculum, such as constitutional law, environmental law, business law, philosophy, and law and society. Your advisor also will help you to identify internships, study abroad experiences and other ways to learn—and put your learning into practice in the real world. In recent years, most of Dominican’s successful law school applicants have majored in one of the following subjects: political science, philosophy, criminology or English
Students should seriously consider the pre-law minor and use the course list to select courses. Courses in constitutional law, environmental law, American politics, and political philosophy help prepare students for law school by engaging them with programs and methods they will encounter in and beyond law school. Courses in oral communication and additional English writing courses, and minors if time permits, are strong additions to any transcript. In addition to coursework, students should seriously consider experiences that broaden their appeal, such as study abroad and internships.
See more of the world
Study abroad opportunities have been part or the Dominican experience since 1925. We were the second campus in the country to start an overseas academic program. Today you can choose from among programs in Austria, China, England, Ghana, Guatemala, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and South Africa. A deep dive into another society and culture will expand your language and interpersonal skills and is excellent preparation for law school and beyond.
“Dominican offers you amazing opportunities on- and off-campus. I completed an internship with the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and another with MB Financial Bank in Chicago. These experiences helped me understand the real-world relevance of what we were learning in class.”
The challenges and support you need to succeed
For aspiring lawyers, the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a key part of the application process. Your pre-law advisor will help you prepare for this challenging exam. You’ll even be able to experience the LSAT process in advance by taking practice exams on campus. Your advisor will help you identify law schools that may be good fits for you, encourage you to visit them, and support you through all stages of the application process. Dominican has a strong record of placing graduates in law school.
An accelerated program with the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
Dominican offers a distinctive academic program in partnership with the UIC School of Law. This accelerated 3+3 Accelerated BA/JD Program enables students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years, instead of the usual seven years. You’ll save time and tuition dollars. Your pre-law advisor works closely with you to develop a curriculum that efficiently meets all program requirements. Located in Chicago’s Loop, the UIC School of Law has an excellent faculty and a long history of giving back to the community by providing pro bono legal services in fair housing, family law, veterans’ affairs, international human rights, and other areas of social concern.
Interested students will need to work closely with an advisor to develop a three-year schedule that meets all requirements. Serious commitment will definitely be necessary; summer courses may be. Dominican students are not guaranteed admission to the UIC School of Law, but they do have an advantage if their applications are competitive.
“Dominican has a special spirit. Everybody’s a go-getter. You never have to pretend to be something you aren’t, because you’re always working to be better than you are. It made me proud to be a Dominican student.”