Carnegie Mellon University

Meet the Pre-Law Advisor

Joseph E. Devine is the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves as the university’s pre-law advisor.

Devine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1973 from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master of Arts in teaching (History) in 1974 from Stanford University and a Doctor of Arts in history in 1984 from Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the Dean's Office staff in CMU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1979 as director of the Academic Advisory Center (AAC). He became assistant dean and AAC director in 1986, associate dean and AAC director in 1988 and associate dean for undergraduate studies in 2008. He took on the role of university pre-law advisor in 2001. Other roles and responsibilities include director of the Dietrich College Senior Honors and Student-Defined Major programs and secretary of the CMU Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Message From the Pre-Law Advisor:

Welcome to Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-Law Program, which is designed to help students and alumni from any CMU major, school and college with exploring, planning for and applying to law school. It doesn’t matter if you are a first-semester freshman, a recent graduate or well into your professional career. If law is an interest for you, it’s never too early or too late to network and learn about this possibility, and how to explore and pursue it.

As the pre-law advisor, I am here to begin this conversation with you, guide you through resources and processes and ultimately help you make a decision—and create a path—that’s right for you.

When registering for the pre-law program, you will be placed on the program’s email distribution list. This is the easiest way to stay informed about events, opportunities and activities related to the Pre-Law Program.

I hope that you will find both the program and the information on our site useful as you consider pursuing law school as the next step in your career.


Joseph E. Devine
Carnegie Mellon University Pre-Law Advisor
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences