Feb 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law Scholars Program

Kate Elias, PhD, Director
Web: https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/advising/pre-law/law-scholars-program/



This program is designed for highly capable entering first-year and transfer students who have an interest in attending law school at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies. The program is open to all students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Albers School of Business and Economics and is in addition to a major in either college. The Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for participating students to apply and be notified early of acceptance into Seattle University School of Law. Upon graduation from Seattle University, students successfully completing this program are guaranteed admission in the Seattle University School of Law.

Students in the Law Scholars Program take a series of courses specifically designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate legal studies. The range of courses is broad and includes selections in political theory, the foundations of the law, history, civics and government, economics, logic, and ethics. In keeping with the mission of Seattle University, law scholars will be called upon to explore the values underlying the law and to critically examine the American legal system and issues of social justice. The course of study is rigorous and designed to challenge the best and the brightest of the university’s pre-law students.

Participants in the Law Scholars Program have unique access to the School of Law and law-related activities. Student participants will receive invitations to a reception for law scholars, lectures, workshops, and other appropriate law-related activities.

Law Scholars Course of Study

In order to successfully complete the Law Scholars Program, the student must:

  • Complete the required law scholars courses (see below);
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher;
  • Complete the bachelor’s degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Albers School of Business and Economics;
  • Take the LSAT examination or GRE exam and obtain a score at or above the 25% percentile of accepted Seattle University School of Law applicants of the previous year; and
  • Maintain a level of conduct consistent with the norms and standards of the legal profession.

Required Law Scholars Courses

All participants in the Law Scholars Program will have been admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences or the Albers School of Business and Economics and will take the following courses. Some of these courses may fit within the University Core or major requirements; others are in addition to the University Core and major requirements.


All College of Arts and Sciences graduates are required to demonstrate competency in a modern language consistent with the completion of three quarters (one year) of college work.

Law scholars who are accepted into the School of Law through this early application process and who complete all of the program requirements are given a presumption in favor of admission to the School of Law for the year following their graduation. Individuals admitted to law school through this program will also be eligible for consideration for scholarship funds. Please contact Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences for complete information.