Cornell University

Office of Student Services

101 Ives Hall, 607-255-2223 or 607-255-1515

Pre-Law Advising

ILR Conference Center in winterMany undergraduates in ILR think about attending law school. In actuality, about one-third of any graduating class will apply to law school.

If you are thinking about law school for the future you may find it helpful to attend programs sponsored by the Pre-Law Advising Network and Cornell Career Services. The university Office of Career Services is located in 103 Barnes Hall.

Students applying to law school should attend presentations in ILR concerning the application process and consult with Laura Lewis ( in OSS, 101 Ives Hall.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • There is no pre-law major at Cornell, nor are there courses that all pre-law students must or should take.
  • One or two S-U (pass-fail) registrations are not frowned upon by law school admissions committees.
  • Activities and work experience will not, in the main, compensate for an unimpressive academic record or disappointing LSAT scores.
  • Few ILR students send applications to less than five or more than ten law schools.
  • Application materials should be submitted to law schools some time between Thanksgiving and the published deadlines. Those law schools with early decision or early action may require earlier submission.