Prelaw Program

Prelaw: Preprofessional Program 

To be a lawyer is to be an advocate. At Holy Cross, you will build the communication, problem solving and reasoning skills that will afford you success not only in law school but also in your career as a lawyer, policy maker or even business leader. 

The Prelaw Program offers resources to undergraduates and alumni seeking to study law, while providing students with opportunities to participate in award-winning moot court and mock trial teams.

Each year, about 60-70 Holy Cross graduates enter law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, equating to a 90 percent acceptance rate. The variety and depth of support offered through the Prelaw Program are at the heart of this success, starting with individual counseling during which students discuss choosing to study law, law school application strategies, essay writing, test preparation and financing one’s law school career. 

Program Highlights

The Prelaw Program offers individual advising for both students and alumni who are interested in attending law school. The program also offers a variety of resources, such as:

  • A wide range of speakers who visit campus to speak about careers and the law school experience. A visiting law professor also conducts a class to expose students to a typical law school class and answer questions.
  • Opportunity to attend the annual Law Forum in Boston, with the chance to meet more than 100 law school admissions representatives.
  • Interviews on campus with approximately a dozen law schools that visit Holy Cross annually.
  • LSAT materials and our own comprehensive LSAT preparation program.
  • The Holy Cross Prelaw Society, an organization of students considering law as a career. The society presents several events and discussions per year. 
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Academic Preparation

A strong liberal arts education is instrumental in helping our graduates achieve success at the nation’s best law schools.

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Learn more about the law profession, improve your oral advocacy skills and take part in our award-winning trial teams.

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Choosing a Law School

Consider some of these factors when deciding where to apply for law schools.

Prelaw Program News

(Left to right) Caroline Fredericks '21, Bridget Whelpley '21, Jake Mozeleski '22, Alison Emery '23, Caitlin Marple '21, Ed McDermott '79 P10 P13, and Angelo Carbone '22.
Holy Cross Mediation Team Takes Home Top Prize Once Again in International Competition
The Holy Cross mediation team took first prize at the major collegiate tournament of the fall 2020 semester, the Brenau Invitational Mediation Tournament—the latest in a years-long string of successful showings on the national and international mediation competition circuit. At …
Owen Whaley '24
Blog: Whaley ’24 Plans to Volunteer in Worcester and Study Abroad
Name: Owen Whaley ’24 Hometown: Cary, North Carolina Studies he’s considering: Political science, history, pre-law program Activities: Alexander Hamilton Society What he’s most looking forward to: Holy Cross is an incredible community, and I am grateful to be part of …
Caroline Fredericks '21, Caitlin Marple '21, and Jake Mozeleski '22 conduct a zoom call with coach Edward McDermott '79.
Holy Cross Awarded in Multiple Categories of International Academy of Dispute Resolution Vilnius Competition
As one of only two undergraduate institutions invited to participate in this year’s International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) Vilnius competition, Holy Cross was an underdog with—as it turns out—a big bite. At its conclusion, the international law school competition …