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Learn why so many lawyers say the liberal arts gave them an edge in law school.


Linguistic Lawyer
Linguistic Lawyer
At Colgate, Clarissa Shah '10 studied Chinese language and interned with (then Senator) Barack Obama. Today she is the supply chain counsel for Emerson, a manufacturing company in the Fortune 150. LEARN MORE about Clarissa Shah '10
A Supreme Victory
A Supreme Victory
David Mills ’99 presented in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He won.

Colgate's liberal arts education propels many alumni into successful law careers.
"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 '99

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. More about advising

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 to 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 University of Pennsylvania.


Over 94% of law school applicants from Colgate's Class of 2015 were accepted.

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

Real-World Experience

Washington, D.C. study group
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
John A. Golden '66 Endowed Fellowship
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.
David M. Jacobstein ’68 and Cara Jacobstein Zimmerman ’97 Endowed Fellowship
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 THE ASSOCIATION