Political Science is the preferred undergraduate major for anyone thinking of attending law school. There is no specific curriculum or course of study associated with pre-law – at IUPUI or at any other university in the United States – but in response to demand, we have a pre-law program designed to provide advice, to help you learn more about law school and the legal profession, and to offer courses you may find helpful.
Pre-law advising is available to any IUPUI student to discuss your individualized plan for law school. Please make an appointment with Professor Erin Engels to discuss your individualized plan for law school or any questions you might have.
We encourage students to sign up for our pre-law student Canvas site. This site contains up to date information about pre law events, internships and activities as well as detailed modules to help you prepare for law school. To be added to the site, please send an email to Erin Engels.
Our Frequently Asked Questions section should answer most of your basic questions.
The Legal Studies Minor includes a variety of courses on law and society from several IUPUI departments. Classes are designed to expose you to course work similar to a law school curriculum. Learn more.
Freshman students planning to attend law school can earn a BA and a law degree in six years instead of seven years. During your undergraduate years 1-3, students study courses for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law in Liberal Arts, IU School of Liberal Arts – Department of Political Science. In years 4-6, students work toward a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Students must apply to the BA/JD program by October 1 during the fall of your freshman year of the undergraduate program. Upon acceptance into the program, the student will prepare a course plan in consultation with the BA/JD academic advisor.
To qualify for the initial program, students must meet the following minimum qualifications:
For more information and to apply for the BA/JD program, email Professor Erin Engels, Faculty Mentor for Pre-Law.
The IU McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis has a unique program for students exploring law school called Pathway to Law Program. Applicants must be from diverse backgrounds. First generation students, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Students selected as Pathway Scholars are connected with law school faculty, law students and local lawyer mentor. Students in the program will be eligible for scholarships if accepted at McKinney for law school.
The program is a four-course, credit-bearing, online curriculum with courses offered in the School of Liberal Arts. The courses meet three of the five requirements for our Legal Studies minor.
Please apply for the Pathway to Law Program here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR PRE-LAW STUDENTS
Join the Mock Trial Team at IUPUI and work with a team to argue a legal case. Students meet twice a week to prepare for competitions. Competitions are on weekends during the fall and early spring semesters. Students participating in mock trial are able to register for a one credit hour course each semester. This is a great way to prepare for a legal career in a competitive environment.