What is Pre-Law?

Law Schools do not require any particular undergraduate major. Nonetheless, IU Southeast's Pre-Law program is designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge you will need for the practice of law, including analytical and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening skills, and general research skills.


Students with an interest in pre-law are encouraged to meet with the campus pre-law advisor during their first year on campus for an initial advising session and so they can be kept informed about pre-law events on campus and within the wider community.

Academic Information

Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Pre-Law minor will complete three courses emphasizing four of the ABA’s recommended skill/competency areas: problem solving, oral communication/listening, background knowledge, and exposure to the law.


Students who go on to earn a Juris Doctor (JD) can engage in a wide range of law-related pursuits. These include, but are not limited to, careers in advocacy work for domestic and international non-profit agencies, government agencies, and interest groups along with direct legal participation as an attorney, prosecutor, advocate, mediator, or judge. In addition, many politicians have a legal background and find an understanding of the law to be beneficial when crafting public policy and helping voters to solve legal problems. A background in law can also be beneficial for business owners and managers, counselors and social workers, educators and administrators, and those engaging in the finance, entertainment, sports, communications, defense and national security, health care, and real estate industries, to name a few.