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Best prep for law school and the LSAT: a strong liberal arts experience

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Tim Peterson '10 landed a clerk position with John Malm '88 before graduating John Marshall Law School in Chicago.


If a law-related career may be in your future, Augustana’s liberal arts curriculum is the best preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school. Studying at a liberal arts college will develop your ability to think critically, to read and comprehend complex materials, to communicate effectively, and to research and defend a position or argument.

Pre-law at Augustana is not a major; it is a program affiliated with the political science department, which offers several law-related courses and is one of the most globally focused departments at the college. It provides extensive coursework in international and comparative politics, and serves as a key resource for several of the Augustana’s international study programs, especially Asian studies and Latin American studies.

In addition to political science, the pre-law program is closely associated with communication studies, business administration, sociology and economics. You are free to choose the academic major and electives that align with your career goals.

Recent Augustana graduates have attended the law schools at the universities of Illinois and Minnesota, DePaul, Drake, Elon, Marquette, John Marshall, Loyola, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Texas Southern, Valparaiso, Wake Forest and Washington University, among others.

Mark Schwiebert

Mark Schwiebert ’72, attorney and former Rock Island mayor, returned to campus to share his ideas on the future of the Quad Cities with students and others at a Big Table “Let’s Talk” event.


Citizenship and leadership opportunities. Beyond the rigorous academic program and liberal arts background, Augustana’s community and learning environment are ideal for pre-law students for important social reasons. Students here are encouraged to develop their citizenship and leadership qualities. In the competitive law school admission process, these characteristics combined with strong mentoring and high scholastic ability make our graduates stand out.

Outside the classroom. Students interested in law school often participate in the Pre-law Club. Activities include LSAT practice, guest speakers and law school visits. Other activities sponsored by the political science department that may interest pre-law students include Model United Nations, Model Illinois Government and the Politics Club.

Internships. Pre-law students often use their $2,000 Augie Choice funds to support law-related internships, including experience with legal services agencies.

Alumni support. Our engaged alumni fund scholarships, offer advice, and recommend internships and positions at the firms and companies where they work. They share a deep appreciation for their preparation in the classroom and faculty mentors. In return, they welcome opportunities to pay it forward with current students.

Recent graduates

Austin Schoeck '17 is an associate attorney at Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP.

Tim Maroder ’15 is an associate attorney at Dahl & Bonadies in suburban Chicago.

Samantha Tonn ’15 is an associate attorney at Litchfield Cavo, LLP.

Cameron Onumah ’14 is manager of public policy at Amazon in the Greater Los Angeles Area, after working in the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinsten for four years.

Kierra Smith ’14 is a finance and accounting manager at Reinsurance Third-Party Capital Provider in Hamilton, Bermuda.

More Than I Imagined Maggie Jokinen
“I wouldn't be anywhere near attending a Top 10 law school without the incredible professors I've had.”
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More Than I Imagined Scott Hale
“Augustana helped me develop writing and analytical skills that I believe transferred to my LSAT score.”
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“Dr. Ellis was instrumental in my law school application processes and helping me choose my future path.”
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