Most colleges do not have a "pre-law" major. In fact, most law schools do not recognize the idea of a "pre-law" major. There is no particular course of study that is a prerequisite for admission to law school. Students interested in attending law school, and preparing for a career in law, should pursue courses that will develop excellent verbal, written and analytical skills.

Many different majors can lead to a successful career in law. Most majors that are not vocationally oriented, such as elementary education or medical technology, are appropriate as an undergraduate program that would prepare one for law school.

The greatest advantage Xavier offers to the prospective law student is a mandatory core of liberal arts courses. Xavier students, regardless of the major they choose, take courses in history, humanities, literature, foreign language, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science and theology. These courses combined with the major field of study and free electives provide a strong background that makes the Xavier graduate attractive to law schools throughout the United States.


Xavier University is proud to offer a Mentor Program for students, including those interested in pre-law, where students are partnered with leading law professionals to network and establish connections in the world of law and politics. The program offers an innovative approach ensuring that students have a viable and effective network of notable professional contacts assisting them in their career endeavors. For more information visit the Mentor Program.


A number of web sites are available to assist pre-law students in information gathering for school and career preparation. They include:


Ann Marie Tracey, J.D.

Associate Professor

Pre-Law Advisor

228 Smith Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3129




Paul Fiorelli, J.D., M.B.A.


Pre-Law Advisor

226 Smith Hall

Phone: (513) 745-2050