At A Glance

A Carthage education thoroughly prepares students for the rigors of law school. Develop your interest in legal careers through pre-law advising, special academic courses and concentrations, and beyond-the-classroom experiences.

Popular Majors for Pre-Law Students


  • Pre-law concentration, criminal justice major
  • Public law and judicial politics concentration, political science major

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Ready To Take the Next Step?


Rather than any particular undergraduate major, law schools give preference to candidates who can write cogently and coherently, think critically, and speak effectively. After acquiring those skills at Carthage, many of our graduates go on to practice law with great success. Whatever your major, Carthage offers a variety of services to help you explore and continue your interest in law.

Law School Advising

Carthage students who are interested in law school can consult with knowledgeable faculty members, beginning with an introductory session during New Student Orientation. Pre-law students can also meet one-on-one with a pre-law advisor to explore options.


Fall Law School Recruiter Visit

Every fall, representatives from law schools across Wisconsin and Illinois visit campus to meet with interested students and answer questions about the application process and the steps needed to prepare for law school and a related career.


Wisconsin Law Schools
  • Marquette University Law School
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
Illinois Law Schools
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law


Academic Offerings

Carthage offers concentrations in two majors — criminal justice and political science — allowing students to study the law in depth while receiving a degree in either field. Individual courses in many other majors focus on legal topics, as well. Besides earning credit, students in the Mock Trial course can participate with Carthage’s nationally competitive team.


Applying to Law School

The process of applying to law school is not as complicated as it is sometimes made out to be. It makes sense to plan ahead so that you have all the material you need ready to go by the beginning of your senior year. Be sure to contact one of our faculty advisors as you embark upon this process.

Read about applying to law school


Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest law fraternity, and Carthage is one of only three undergraduate colleges in Wisconsin to have a Phi Alpha Delta pre-law chapter. The Carthage chapter of Phi Alpha Delta has been recognized for excellence, recently winning four major national awards.

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If you have questions about Carthage’s pre-law resources or law school in general, please contact one of the faculty advisors. For more information, contact Professor Thomas Powers, Pre-Law Coordinator, at or Professor Michael Phegley at