Pre-Law Advising

Interested in pursuing a legal career?

There is perhaps no university that can better prepare you for law school than Washington and Lee. Although W&L does not offer a pre-law major, it does provide a vast array of resources to students interested in pursuing careers in law.

Explore available resources on this website to learn more about the profession, broadly defined, and the skills required to be a lawyer.  

To schedule an individual advising appointment:

Recommended Timeline

Divided by class year, this timeline provides a guideline for upperclass students how to prepare for law school. This section presupposes that students have conclusively determined that law school is the right path for them.

Law School Application Process

The application process is your opportunity to make a great first impression. Make the most of each component to market your qualifications to your law schools of choice.

Choosing Law Schools

Law schools vary greatly. With thorough research, you can find the fit that works best for you.


There is a wealth of information about law schools, the application process and the legal profession. The resources listed here are not exhaustive and we do not necessarily endorse them.

Financing Law School

Graduate school costs vary greatly. Be realistic about how you will manage it. Review the resources and information about law school cost, the financial aid process, and the job market.


Review these answers to commonly asked questions.