Pre-Law Program

Serving as the advisor for pre-law students, Dr. David Golemboski of the Government and International Affairs Department devotes significant time to helping students determine what law schools are best for them. 

The Government Department and Augustana University have a reputation for producing some of the finest lawyers in the region. Augustana graduates have attended Harvard Law School, Duke Law School, New York University Law School, and University of Virginia Law School, as well as more local law schools including those at the University of South Dakota, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska and Creighton University.

Dr. Golemboski works with students to identify the right law school options for them, including a focus on the availability of law school scholarships and the successful financing of law school education. Additionally, he offers assistance to students preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The Government department emphasizes careful preparation for law school. If you are interested in the pre-law program, you should select rigorous classes to help you develop the necessary skills to succeed in law school. In particular, your coursework should build your ability to evaluate evidence, formulate arguments, think critically, and express yourself clearly. 

You are encouraged to meet regularly with the pre-law advisor to discuss which classes will provide the best preparation for law school. These may include courses taught by Dr. Golemboski, such as Constitutional Law (GOVT 360 & 370), Criminal Law (GOVT 290), or Religion & the Law (GOVT 252). Additionally, specific courses in the areas of economics, history, business administration, communication, English, and philosophy may be helpful.

Dr. Golemboski welcomes appointments from interested high school and transfer students. Please feel free to contact him by e-mail (