Lawrence strongly believes that liberal education—with its emphasis on skills of analysis and communication, on breadth of knowledge, and on the ability to pursue knowledge of one area in depth—affords the best preparation for rigorous professional study. Since these attributes of liberal education can be developed and nurtured regardless of a student's area of concentration, in most cases Lawrence does not prescribe fixed courses of study for students with pre-professional interests.

At the same time, we recognize that some professional programs and schools require specific preparation at the undergraduate level. Faculty and other advisors assist students in determining what preparatory studies, if any, will be essential or valuable for later work in these areas. Students with specific professional goals should consult with these advisors as early as possible—in some instances during the freshman registration period.

Health Careers

Advisors: Doug Martin, Matt Ansfield, Stefan Debbert, Elizabeth De Stasio (chair), Nancy Wall; Pre-Vet Advising: Judith Humphries

The Health Careers Advisory Committee works closely with students as they explore career options in health care delivery and as they prepare applications for professional school programs. Committee members assist and advise students planning careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and allied health professions such as genetic counseling, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, and nursing. Students should work directly with a member of the committee to talk about ways to explore health care career paths, including job shadowing, and to discuss sequencing of pre-requisite courses for greatest success. Later in the process, committee members provide guidance in the selection of schools, in developing applications, in the preparation for interviews and in planning for admissions testing.

Students who plan to attend medical school may concentrate in academic areas of their greatest interest while undertaking course work in the natural and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, as well as writing and thinking within the humanities. Members of the Health Careers Advisory Committee are available to help students select courses that will meet the requirements of medical and other professional schools and at the same time provide a broad liberal education. We urge students to meet with a committee member individually to discuss their curriculum at least once per year. Typical sets of pre-requisite courses for each career path within the health science may be found at our website.

Lawrence offers a number of programs designed to familiarize students with the nature of medical education and practice. These programs include workshops, discussions with local physicians and opportunities to observe, under the supervision of local practitioners, various aspects of the medical professions. The college is able to support healthcare-related experiences and training for students of limited means thanks to the Florence Kasel Testamentary Trust.

Interested students should view the resources on the Pre-Health Careers Advising website and the Career Community page for Health Care & Life Sciences for more information.

Pre-Law

Advisors (2017-18):  David Gerard (chair), Jerry Podair, Andy Guenther-Pal, Minoo Adenwalla (emeritus)

Legal studies require strong analytic skills, a knowledge of society and the ability to communicate effectively. Students planning to attend law school normally are advised to supplement the major of their choice and the university's General Education Requirements with some coursework in philosophy and the theoretical and analytic aspects of their field of concentration, as well as coursework in the social sciences. Interested students should consider Lawrence's cooperative degree program with Marquette Law School and should view other resources on the Career Community page for Government, Law, & International Affairs.

Pre-Business

Advisor:  Adam Galambos

Students who plan to undertake postgraduate study in business—in most cases a program leading to a master's degree in business administration—normally are advised to supplement the major of their choice and the university's General Education Requirements with coursework in mathematics, as well as statistics, economics and computer science. In addition, they should pay particular attention to the development of writing and speaking skills. Interested students should view the resources on the Career Community page for Business & Entrepreneurship.