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Pre Law

While not a major, the Pre-Law Pre-Professional program is a path for students interested in pursuing their J.D. Capital’s reputation for academic excellence prepares students whose professional objectives span the spectrum of private, corporate and community legal career possibilities. With caring and well-trained faculty guiding them along the way, Capital students are prepared for whatever career path they choose.

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Prepare for a Legal Career From Day One


Capital’s liberal arts foundation gives students strong reasoning and communication skills -- something recommended by The American Bar Association. Students select a major of their choice, and with the guidance from their advisor, take electives that will prepare you for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). While not required for the Pre-Law path, Capital offers a 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor degree. The first of its kind in Ohio, the degree gives students the option of earning a bachelor’s degree and if accepted, a law degree from Capital University Law School. Students enrolled in the 3+3 program can complete both in just six years, saving both time and tuition.

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Lawyer
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Politician
  • Legal Consultant
  • Tax Attorney
  • Judge
  • Law Professor
  • Mediator

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Experiential Learning

With Ohio's capital city only minutes away, Capital students have unique access to the best law firms in central Ohio. The internship opportunities to get real-world experience in areas of government and the justice system are endless. Capital Law School alumni are always looking for interns or new hires and they know that Capital has only the best. Students are encouraged to broaden their search by exploring other internship opportunities in places like Washington D.C. or Chicago. Faculty advisors are often the first ones to make invaluable introductions for internships or even first jobs.

Program Philosophy

Choosing a pre-professional program and completing the plan does not guarantee admission into a professional program. Capital understands that navigating through the first four years is challenging, so the support and resources are available to each and every student. Law school admission offices typically recruit and select students in all academic majors who possess strong critical reasoning and excellent communication skills. Through Capital’s general education curriculum, students receive a strong liberal arts background as recommended by the American Bar Association for admission to law school.


Pre-professional means that students would like to prepare for a specific career. It's a set of courses that each student should take if they plan on taking the exam and entering Law school, or medical school, after graduation. It is important to note that a pre-professional plan is not a major, it’s a path. Capital students can major in Instrumental Performance and be Pre-law at the same time. Most students attempt to major in an area that will complement their career choice.

Sample Classes

  • General education requirements:
    • Academic Composition
    • Oral Communication
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Cultural Pluralism
    • Global Systems
  • Elective courses that help students prepare for the LSAT such as Introduction to Logic
  • Other elective courses to bolster written and verbal communication skills and critical thinking ability such as courses in English, History Philosophy, Statistics, Criminology and more.
“I was attracted to Capital and appreciated the personal attention I received from the faculty from the moment I stepped on campus. It was always that Capital truly cared about their students and was committed to their success! During my last semester, I interned with an organization that runs a network of halfway houses. I accepted a full-time job with them immediately after graduation. I truly love my job and the opportunity I have to help offenders make positive changes and choices in their lives.”

-Rebecca Neubig, Criminology and Sociology, Class of 2018

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