Pre-Law | Capital University, Columbus Ohio



  • Capital University prides itself in having built a strong undergraduate program that prepares you for success in law school and, a few years later, for success in the legal profession.

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    The study of law is demanding and rigorous, and so is the education that you will receive at Capital University Law School. You will find an extensive curriculum, a high caliber faculty, a student-centered philosophy, and an ideal environment for intellectual growth. 

    Capital University Law School prepares students for a variety of professional pursuits and has long attracted students whose professional objectives span the spectrum of private, corporate and community legal career possibilities. 

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    Law school admission offices typically recruit and select students in all academic majors who possess strong critical reasoning and excellent communication skills. Through our General Education curriculum, Capital students receive a strong liberal arts background as recommended by the American Bar Association for admission to law school. 

    In addition to the curriculum, a major of your choice with some wisely chosen electives combined with considerable study and effort usually prepare pre-law students to do well on the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). Internships, open houses and special preparation for taking law school entrance exams are just some of the ways Capital readies its undergraduates for the rigors of law school. Our Columbus location gives pre-law students the added benefits of internships and job opportunities in Ohio’s state capital and largest city. 

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    The pre-law program at Capital University provides a wide variety of course options known as “electives.” A number of your electives will be determined within your major. You will choose others in consultation with your faculty adviser. Some of the electives recommended for pre-law students include:

    • Advanced Writing
    • Argumentation and Debate
    • Philosophy – Logic
    • Introduction to Political Economy
    • U.S. History
    • American Government
    • American Law – Early and Modern
    • Principles of Criminology
    • Criminal Justice System
    • Shakespeare
    • Statistics
    • Mathematical Proofs
    • Accounting
    • Business Law

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    What does pre-professional mean? 

    Pre-professional means that you would like to prepare for a specific career. It's a set of courses that you should take if you plan on taking the exam and entering Law school, or medical school, after you graduate.

    It is important to note that a pre-professional plan (e.g. - Pre-law) is not a major. You could major in Instrumental Performance and be Pre-law at the same time if you wanted. However, most students attempt to major in an area that will complement their career choice.

    Here are some examples:

    • A Pre-law student might major in Government or Economics.
    • A Pre-veterinary student might major in Biology or Biochemistry.
    • A Pre-seminary student might major in Literature or History.  

    Why is Capital a good fit for my pre-professional plan?

    Choosing a pre-professional program and completing your plan does not guarantee admission into a professional program. We know that navigating through the first four years is challenging enough, so thinking about your post-degree plans can be mind-boggling. 

    At Capital, our professors are also your academic advisors. They are your mentors and biggest advocates.

    With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Capital can enrich your studies with personal connections between you and our faculty, and we have several programs in place to ensure student success – from academic advising and career development to our peer-to-peer compass leaders who help you align your vocation with your career.