Law school, the bar exam and actually becoming a lawyer may seem like distant career goals during your first days in college. You may be unsure of where to start and how to get on the right path, but this should not concern you. The competition in the legal field is rigorous, and that is why our Pre-Law program has been designed to maximize your chances for success.
Culver-Stockton's pre-law program prepares you for law school in various ways. Some students may choose to focus on a broad-based liberal arts education that results in a strong varied knowledge base. Many admission counselors underscore the benefits of a liberal arts background as good preparation for law school. Culver-Stockton offers an excellent liberal arts curriculum if you choose this path towards furthering your legal education.
However, some students may choose to explore the criminal justice major with a legal studies minor, which offers a more focused preparation for law school. The criminal justice major and legal studies minor offer specific courses in substantive and procedural law, judicial process, constitutional and criminal law, legal research and writing, as well as legal internship experiences, to name only a few.
Culver-Stockton's mock trial team remains one of the cornerstones of our pre-law program. Students hone their critical thinking and presentation skills by acting as attorneys and witnesses in mock trial simulations while competing in invitational and regional tournaments. Many graduates site their mock trial experience as the most valuable preparation for law school.
Culver-Stockton also offers an individualized major program for students who wishes to tailor their studies by choosing courses from several different disciplines. Whichever path you decide to take, our pre-law advisor, who is an experienced attorney, will help you apply for the LSAT and guide you through the law school admission process.
You will be prepared to take your law school admissions test (LSAT) and apply to the law schools of your choice. According to the American Bar Association, the best preparation for the LSAT is “a solid undergraduate education with an emphasis on reading and reasoning skills, linked to familiarity with the essentials of the test.” The Culver-Stockton pre-law program emphasizes that focus in various ways. A law degree opens the door to practice in the court system, private sector, corporate and business venues, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, as well as pursuing a career in politics.
For a complete listing of the course offerings and requirements for the criminal justice major, and the legal studies minor, please see the current academic catalog.