The verdict is in—pre-law advisers, law school admission directors, the American Bar Association, American Association of Law Schools and attorneys strongly agree that a well-rounded liberal arts education is the best preparation for the rigorous and demanding study and practice of law.
Central’s pre-law program is an advising-based program. Students, with their academic adviser, choose courses that maximize their skills and academic record prior to applying for law school. Central students are successful on the LSAT and in securing acceptance into law school with the assistance of an on-campus pre-law adviser, internship coordinator and academic advisers to ensure that you choose challenging courses designed to prepare you to write well and think logically— skills that law students and attorneys use to analyze complex and sometimes conflicting cases and statutes, while expressing their legal reasoning with clarity, logic and precision.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
Since 2007-08, Central graduates have been accepted into 33 law schools at colleges and universities in 22 states.
Students may major in any area that fits with personal and professional life goals. The American Bar Association Committee on Pre-Law Education and Iowa law schools recommend that you consider key skill areas when choosing courses such as writing, analytical reasoning, logical thinking and problem-solving, critical reading, oral communication and research and information literacy. Those interested in law should value serving faithfully the interests of others while promoting justice as well as have a healthy respect for history.
Regardless of major choice, students are strongly advised to successfully complete general logic during the sophomore or junior year and upper-division research and writing intensive course(s) during the sophomore through senior years.
Central’s pre-law advisor can help to arrange experiential opportunities such as legal internships with law firms around the country and the Iowa Attorney General's Office as well as experience on the mock trial team. Central College is one of the founding members of the American Mock Trial Association and has qualified for the national mock trial tournament numerous times, including most recently in 2012 and 2013.
In the fall of 2009, the political science department opened its doors in the Roe Center. The three-story building provides classroom, office and instructional space for the political science, education and psychology departments, along with communication studies and Central’s nationally recognized community-based learning department. The building features energy conservation and environmental responsibility and was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the United States Green Building Council.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.