Most accredited law schools have no specific requirements for a pre-law program, but prefer a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts. To be best prepared for the LSAT and law school, it is most important that you develop your thinking, writing and speaking skills through a variety of courses and experiences, and gain a critical understanding of human behavior, institutions and values.
In Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-law program, you’ll receive a broad foundation in
- critical thinking
- oral communication
- written communication
- general research skills
to prepare you to succeed at the law school of your choice and ultimately find your career in the legal profession.
Learn to uphold the law and protect your client’s rights.
WHY STUDY PRE-LAW AT CONCORDIA?
3+3 Law School Partnerships
Concordia offers 3+3 Law School Partnerships with Creighton University, University of Missouri. Through these partnerships, you will complete 3 years of college at Concordia and 3 years of law school at the partner school of your choice. Your first year of law school counts as the last year of your bachelor’s degree.
Concordia students have interned with organizations such as:
- Seward Police Department
- Seward County Court System
- Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department
- Nebraska State Penitentiary
- Nebraska Department of Corrections’ Diagnostic and Evaluation Center
- Lancaster County Drug Court
- Seward County Attorney's Office
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The main goal in the pre-law program is to build skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing and editing, and critical reading. We spend a lot of time thinking about people’s rights, which is crucial. Protecting the freedoms of people is the most important aspect of any criminal justice vocation, especially within law enforcement.
Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A pre-law graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:
- Demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills
- Interpret and examine written texts critically
- Develop written and spoken arguments
- Learn to define and apply fundamental aspects of U.S. and/or international legal systems
- Be appointed by the court to represent the accused in criminal cases
- Provide competent defense for your client
- Represent clients in criminal and civil litigations and other legal proceedings
- Draw up legal documents and advise clients on legal transactions
- Assist people in discussing and settling disputes such as commercial transactions, personal injury, divorce, domestic relations, etc.
- Be an impartial third party
Pre-law at Concordia University, Nebraska (and most other universities) is a pre-professional program. When you say you are “pre-law,” you are declaring an intention to attend law school, which is helpful for your academic advisor as they help set up your class schedule. There are no prerequisite courses to apply to law school, but there are courses that may help with the logical and reasoning section of the LSAT, and which help develop the skills you will need for law school and the legal profession.
Law school admissions committees do not have “preferred” majors. You may choose any of a variety of majors at Concordia which will help you obtain the communication, writing and analytical skills necessary for law school.
The two primary factors are:
- Your cumulative GPA (from all universities or colleges you’ve attended)
- Your LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score
Other factors that law schools will consider include letters of recommendation, your personal statement, your resume, your academic coursework and your extracurricular activities.
Concordia graduates have a high rate of acceptance to master’s programs or law schools, and most find careers within their field within six months of graduation. Some of the places Concordia graduates are employed include:
- Boys Town National Research Hospital
- Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Four Corners Health Department
- Homeland Security
- Secret Service
Applied communication is one of the most versatile majors available. A degree in applied communication can prepare you for a traditional career path as a communication specialist in small businesses, government offices and non-profit organizations. With the bachelor’s degree in applied communication, you can also find work in journalism, marketing, education, entertainment or any number of other career fields.
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will allow you to study and become an expert in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts and corrections. Through the criminal justice program at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll learn to use scientific perspectives and methodologies to examine society’s response to crime in local communities and around the world.
Concordia’s English major promotes careful reading, encourages critical thinking and models Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes. Ideally, our students will develop a desire to read more and appreciate the role of literature in exploring themselves, the human condition, and Christ’s response to humanity and to our students in particular.
Journalism and Public Relations
In Concordia University, Nebraska’s journalism and public relations program, we will help you develop your thinking, writing and speaking skills so you are able to size up situations, determine what’s happening and report information accurately, quickly, honestly and responsibly.
The bachelor’s degree in psychology at Concordia is ideal for students seeking a strong theoretical foundation in the field of psychology. Offering a diverse psychology curriculum, Concordia Nebraska’s psychology professors use approaches that range from the scientific to philosophical and the experimental to the theoretical.
A degree in strategic communication opens up a lot of possibilities for employment in a field that you’re passionate about. You might choose to pursue a career in a wide range of strategic communication and public relations professions including: account management, advertising management art direction, audience research, copywriting, digital strategy, marketing, media planning, public relations, strategic communication research, sports and entertainment promotion, social media management and sports information.
1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.