No particular course of study is a prerequisite for admission to law school. Today's law students have undergraduate degrees in political science, English, business, natural science, history, foreign languages, education and music. Central Methodist University's pre-law program is based on criteria established and endorsed by legal and academic professionals nationwide. The pre-law program is designed to help undergraduates prepare themselves for successful admission to and performance in law school.
The main guide to undergraduate study should be the student's own interests and talents. The successful study and practice of law can be based on any large number of college backgrounds, so the student should feel free to study what interests him or her.
A lawyer must be able to communicate clearly in oral and written expression. Since words are the tools of the lawyer's trade, lawyers must be able to speak and write effectively.
The prospective law student must develop the capacity for creative and critical thinking. A lawyer must be able to reason logically from given premises and propositions to tenable conclusions.
Pre-Law students are encouraged to take part in several special opportunities that the program as to offer.
- University internship program which allows students to earn academic credit while working in the offices of state legislative and executive officials or for attorneys in private practice
- opportunity to participate in a test preparation program designed to boost student scores on the Law School Admission Test
- beginning the first semester on campus, special one-on-one pre-law advising to help each student take full advantage of every opportunity to prepare for success in law school
Questions? Contact John J. Carter, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Director of Pre-Law