Colgate's liberal arts education propels many alumni into successful law careers.

Law School Preparation

Pre-Law Advising

A dedicated pre-law adviser assists students interested in a career in law to gain competitive internship and post-graduate experience, and to submit law school applications.

The pre-law adviser works with students to develop law school application timelines, provides essay critiques, and helps determine the best schools for submissions and matriculation.

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All the training in mathematical logic helped with much of what is involved in being an attorney — not only identifying important issues, but also really being able to break them down into a cohesive, structured format to explain the points and conclusion.

David Mills Class of 1999

Law School Panel

Each fall, Colgate University hosts a panel of admissions representatives from top law schools to coach students through the law school application process. The panel provides a unique insight into the law school application process and answers the following questions:

  • How do I know if law school is right for me?
  • When should I apply - directly after graduation or after 1-3 years of gaining experience?
  • How do I determine which law school is the best fit for me?
  • How do I craft the strongest possible application?

Previous panelists have included representatives from American University, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, New York Law, and the University of Pennsylvania.


85% of all Colgate applicants earned acceptance to law school, including 93% of graduating seniors.

Colgate applicants have been admitted to the country’s top law programs, including:

Real-World Experience

Colgate’s semester-long study group in Washington, D.C. offers internships in the executive and legislative branches of government, among other areas.

Study Group Details

This fellowship provides summer internship funding for highly qualified students interested in pursuing a graduate law degree and a career in law. Students may apply via the Center for Career Services.

This fellowship provides stipend support for internships, with preference given to students seeking a public-interest internship in fields such as law or politics.

Center for Career Services

Colgate Lawyers Association

One of Colgate’s 10 professional networks, the association connects alumni in the law field and provides dynamic career networking opportunities long after graduation. With regular get-togethers across the country, the network also works to foster internship opportunities for current students, and to provide onramps for future employment.

About Colgate's Professional Networks