University of Wisconsin–Madison

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We are ready to support you! CPLA will provide remote advising until further notice.

At the Center for Pre-Law Advising we provide advising and other resources to UW-Madison students and alumni at all stages in the process of considering, preparing for, and applying to law school.

Please note: application documents (resumes, personal statements, etc) require an appointment to be reviewed. Please be aware that there can often be a 2 week wait for appointments. Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to serve and support all those exploring and applying to law school. We look forward to working with you!

If you are an alumnus, please email us at, and we will help you arrange an appointment. We are happy to do remote appointments (phone, Skype, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams) with alumni.

Current Students
Current students please make an appointment to talk with us about your pre-law interests and plans using Starfish.

  • Please indicate the type of remote appointment you prefer when scheduling a new appointment.
  • Make sure to provide two ways that your advisor can reach you (e.g., phone number, email address, Skype ID) in the advising note.

Heads-Up: Due to the high demand for appointments during fall semesters, CPLA limits 1:1 appointments during November to ACTIVE APPLICANTS ONLY.


Pre-Law Advisor | Janet Mitchell, J.D.

Janet earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Education. Janet has over a decade of experience as an educator in the test prep industry, teaching students how to succeed on exams like the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE, facilitating workshops on admissions processes, and supporting applicants in crafting personal statements. In addition to her role as a Pre-Law Advisor, Janet teaches the CPLA LSAT Workshop Series, a multi-session self-study primer offered multiple times throughout the year.

Director of Pre-Professional Advising  | Molly Reinhard

Molly serves as Director of Pre-Professional Advising, which includes the Centers for Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advising. During the summer months, she also advises CCAS SOAR students through her broader role in the Office of Undergraduate Advising. Beyond CCAS SOAR, her primary focus areas for 1:1 advising include supporting students who are *early in the process* of Pre-Health or Pre-Law preparation/exploration, as well as direct referrals from campus partners such as DDEEA.




CONGRATULATIONS to our 2019-2021 Advising Fellows on their Law School Graduation! Thank you for all your efforts in CPLA and we wish you the best in the journey ahead!

UW Law Graduate and Former Advising Fellow  | Gabrielle Tielman-Fenelus

Gabrielle is an alum of the Posse Program and earned her Bachelor’s in English with certificates in Criminal Justice and African-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gabrielle is currently in her second year at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is both the Vice President of the Federal Bar Association and the President of the Black Law Student Association. Gabrielle is a Washington, DC native and has extensive internship experience with the federal government. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in Civil Rights and/or Employment law.

UW Law Graduate and Former Advising Fellow | Anthony Sparks

Tony earned his B.A. at the University of Iowa. After attending college, Tony served 6 years in the United States Air Force as an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst, specializing in Farsi/Dari with multiple deployments in support of both Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, Tony is pursuing his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is expected to graduate May 2021.




We are here to support you in reaching your goals, including navigating academic or personal challenges as they relate to pursuing professional programs after graduation. While our advisors are able to keep most conversations private in accordance with FERPA, sometimes information disclosed during advising or in personal statements requires us to communicate with other support offices on campus (such as the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator).

Why are we required to discuss certain situations with other offices? Due to various federal, state, and UW policies, we are not Confidential Campus Resources when it comes to incidents such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual discrimination. Two examples of Confidential Campus Resources are University Health Services and the McBurney Disability Resource Center.

To learn more about efforts related to campus safety and expectations of faculty and staff, please speak with your advisors or visit the Title IX information page and Clery Act information page.

The goal of communication is to ensure a safe and healthy campus community, and to ensure that students receive the information they personally need to be safe and healthy. However, we understand that you may have questions or concerns about these policies. Please do not hesitate to bring these up with your advisor.