Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the studies that prepare one for the study of law.

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  • n. Any course of study taken by an undergraduate in preparation for study at a law school.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ law (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Gorgeous prelaw student Marti scorns her university's cheerleading squad.

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  • She had grown up in East Texas and had attended Texas A&M, where she was a prelaw student.

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  • On paper, Jacob Hunt not only looks competent to stand trial but looks like a damn prelaw student, one who is probably more qualified to defend himself than I am.

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  • "I'm only a prelaw student and would-be musician."

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  • One student changed his major from prelaw to microbiology so he could "help with bioterrorism."

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  • He got bitten by the wine bug early in life, gave up prelaw, and lived in Bordeaux and later Burgundy where he worked for renowned American wine importer, Becky Wasserman, building his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the wines of Burgundy.

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  • Arlene Lima, a twenty-two-year-old Chicagoan and a senior prelaw student at DePaul University, competed in an experimental sport, Tai Kwon Do.

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  • With a flick of his tweed-clad shoulders and an unintelligible mumble, Jason had dismissed the swim teams and prelaw societies, the glee clubs and the frats.

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  • Normally I loved summer, but this year, with Mama Lord-knew-where, Shyla consumed with her prelaw summer school classes, and Lauren Braithwaite, who had been my best friend since third grade, living in Atlanta because her dad had taken a new job there, I was left to face the entire summer without anyone who understood what it was like to be a fourteen-year-old girl.

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  • According to Brian, admissions officers at two schools who feel slighted by his lukewarm evaluations -- Brian's alma mater, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University -- are telling prelaw students that Brian's views are animated by bitterness at having been rejected for a faculty appointment.

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