Becoming Pre-Law

At the University of Illinois, pre-law is not a major, but rather an educational designation.  Students interested in attending law school are not required to complete any specific coursework or major to be eligible to apply to law school in the future. The over 1,500 designated pre-law students at UIUC come from a wide variety of disciplines and majors.  Pre-law students are encouraged to make curricular choices that reflect their interests and are best suited for their long-term success. 

PLAS offers guidance to students each semester in choosing majors and courses that will help support their goals of law school and their individual interests.  Any student with an interest in attending law school is encouraged to become a pre-law designated student!

3 steps to becoming prelaw at Illinois



Add the "pre-law" designation to your academic record. You can add it to your academic record by expressing an interest in pre-law during the application/admission process; or if you are a current student, by filling out this online form. Online requests are processed twice monthly.  Tip:  Be sure to let your academic (major/minor) advisor know about your interest in pre-law as part of your academic planning!

Step Two | CONNECT

Connect with Pre-Law Advising Services through our many resources, including the listserv, Instagram, Canvas, events & programs, and advising appointments. Freshman and sophomore students are encouraged to complete the Pre-Law 101 Workshop series at some point during their first semesters on campus.  Pre-Law 101 is offered multiple times each semester.

Step Three | ENGAGE

Stay engaged with Pre-Law Advising Services by connecting with us at least once a semester through an advising appointment, participating in our yearly and ongoing programs, and staying up-to-date on relevant topics through the blog.  There is something for pre-law students beginning freshman year all the way through your start to law school!


PLAS assists students and alumni with every step of the pre-law journey. To learn more about how we supported our pre-law Illini during the 2022-2023 academic year, watch the 1-minute video below!


The PLAS website is a collection of valuable information and resources. Below is a list of ways to approach the website:

On-Demand Resourcesaccess the Blog, Handbook, and Canvas pages to obtain answers to common questions.

Calendar of Eventsexplore PLAS recurring workshops and special events through the PLAS Calendar. You can view campus and community events related to prelaw through the Pre-Law Campus & External Events Calendar. Or, explore the Pre-Law Master Calendar to view all events in one place.

One-on-One Appointments: make an individual advising appointment about your specific questions and goals or to receive assistance on your law applications.

You can connect with PLAS through any of our workshops, events, programs, advising appointments, and special initiatives. How much you engage with PLAS is up to you! However, we encourage anyone applying to law school to make an appointment with our office no later than the fall of your junior year. We are here for you every step of your pre-law journey.

Below are additional ways to connect:

Instagram: follow PLAS on Instagram for updates, special announcements, and other great information!

Listserv: if you have the pre-law designation on your account, you are automatically added to the listserv. If you don't, simply email and request to be added.

Pre-Law 101: our foundational workshop is the Pre-Law 101 Workshop series. This program is a great first step to learning more about pre-law. Visit the PLAS Calendar for upcoming workshops.

At PLAS we love questions! We highly recommend starting with the Pre-Law 101 series as it provides an overview of legal education, the law application process, legal careers, and steps to take as a pre-law student to prepare for law school and law admissions.

You are also welcome to make an advising appointment with a pre-law advisor. And, if you are looking for on-demand answers to many common questions, check out the PLAS Handbook and the PLAS Canvas page.