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Pre-Law Program

Pre-Law Scholars Program

The two most powerful assets for admission to a great law school are a strong Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and a high grade point average.

The Pre-Law Scholars Program selects high-achieving students with the potential to do well on both these metrics and then cultivates your skills throughout your time at Christopher Newport. The program provides intensive mentoring and encourages early test preparation – law school admission officers agree that the surest path to an excellent LSAT score is repeated practice under simulated test conditions.

How It Works

  • You begin LSAT preparation in your sophomore year and continually improve your practice scores over the course of your junior year.
  • Seniors must take the LSAT early in the law school application process to ensure optimal admissions and scholarship potential.
  • All participants meet regularly with the pre-law adviser, Dr. Michelle Kundmueller, for intensive mentoring. We particularly encourage juniors and seniors to use this resource to focus their hard work with informed and careful strategy.

Minimum Qualifications

Program qualifications vary by class year. Except for seniors, you must meet all criteria and apply before the start of the semester you wish to begin. Seniors are accepted on a rolling basis until the start of spring semester.

  • Freshmen: 1300 SAT score
  • Sophomores: 3.5 GPA
  • Juniors, fall semester:
    • Pre-Law Program practice LSAT score of 155, OR
    • 3.5 GPA with at least one Pre-Law Program practice LSAT (regardless of score)
  • Juniors, spring semester: Pre-Law Program practice LSAT score of 155
  • Seniors: Actual LSAT score of 160

How to Apply

If you qualify and would like to join the program, email michelle.kundmueller@cnu.edu for application instructions.

Students who wish to continue as pre-law scholars must re-apply before the start of each semester.


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