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Pre-Law Advising

Pre Law Advising

Students interested in attending law school after completion of their undergraduate degree at Butler are encouraged to find a major of greatest interest to them. Law schools recruit from every discipline, so students are not confined to a specific course of study. The Butler core curriculum will provide students with significant exposure to written and oral communication skills and the ability to think critically. Additionally, a number of upper-level courses dealing with law-related subject matter are available. A complete listing of these courses can be found on this site. The Pre-Law Advisor works with individual students to assist them with the law school admission process.

We are pleased to announce the Butler Law Scholar award, in partnership with the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Pre-Law Advisor

Jim McKneightProfessor James McKneight, J.D., Lacy School of Business, advises all students interested in studying pre-law as well as serves as advisor to the Pre-Law Society.

Professor McKneight came to Butler as an Executive-in-Residence in 2006 and is currently an instructor in management, teaching the First-Year Business Experience and Business Law.  After earning his B.S. in management, specializing in accounting, from Purdue University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Professor McKneight worked as a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young.  He then served as the chief financial officer for a number of companies, including Summex Corporation where he also served as in-house counsel until 2006 when Summex was sold to WebMD. 

Professor McKneight is available for advising by appointment on Monday and Fridays from 11:00 AM–3:00 PM. Holcomb Building, Room 146, 317-940-9085.

Pre-Law Listserv

If you would like to be added to our pre-law listserv, send an email to the CHASE Office Coordinator, Melissa Friedman. 

In your message, please include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your academic status (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)
  • Your Butler email address

Once you have been added to the listserv, you will receive messages regarding upcoming pre-law events, practice exams, and other information that is of interest to those interested in applying to law school.