Pre-Law Advising

If you’re considering law school, we encourage you to connect with the pre-law advisor early in your career at Elmhurst College.

The pre-law advisor will help you explore the field of law and guide you through every step of the law school application process, from researching schools to completing your applications.

First Year and Sophomore Year

Register as a pre-law student with the advising office as early as possible. Then make an appointment with Lisa Woods, the pre-law advisor.

At your first appointment, make sure you’re enrolled on the College’s Blackboard website. This is also a good time to talk to your pre-law advisor about:

  • Choosing a major and/or minor (generally, law schools have no preference)
  • Courses that may help with the LSAT or law school
  • Exploring legal internships, mentoring, or shadowing opportunities
  • The timeline for law school applications


In your junior year, you should make an appointment with the pre-law advisor to learn more about the various options for law school and legal specialization. She’ll also talk to you about planning for the LSAT, preparing your law school application, requesting recommendation letters and writing personal statements.


As a senior, you should meet with the pre-law advisor early in the fall. She’ll help you proofread your personal statement, track down recommendation letters and finalize a list of law schools to apply to, given your GPA and LSAT score. To maximize your chances, you should complete your applications between the end of October and the middle of November.

You may meet with the pre-law advisor again in the spring for assistance in choosing a school once you find out where you’ve been accepted.

Lisa Woods

Pre-Law Advisor
Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence

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