Pre-Law Degree

Psychology and Social Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs

As a pre-law major at BVU, you’ll gain a competitive edge through engaging courses taught by expert faculty, co-curricular activities, internships, leadership opportunities, and unique professional development experiences. BVU’s pre-law school program emphasizes not only substantive knowledge of the law, but develops the skills most important to success in law school including logical and analytical reasoning, research, critical thinking, and communication skills.

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Why should I earn a pre-law degree?

Prestigious Connections

Prepare for law school at one of the only institutions in the country to have a dedicated legal studies track. Take advantage of partnerships with the University of Iowa College of Law and Creighton University School of Law.


Pre-law students complete a credit-bearing Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and a mock trial preparation course.

Accelerated Options

The “3+3” program allows you to finish your bachelor’s and graduate law degree in less time with a smoother transition to post-graduate coursework. 

What I Can Do With a Pre-Law Degree

  • Law school or graduate school
  • Law offices
  • Government agencies or public-sector jobs
  • Non-profit organizations or private businesses
  • Political campaigns

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    Why pursue pre-law studies at BVU?

    Dedicated Professors

    A dedicated pre-law advisor assists you as you prepare for law school or professional life.

    100% Acceptance

    BVU’s pre-law students who receive faculty recommendations have a 100 percent law school acceptance rate.

    Dual Degree Programs

    Qualified students can take advantage of BVU’s “3+3” Accelerated Entry to Law School Program. In this program, students can apply for admission to law school with one of BVU’s partner institutions and earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor in six years.

    Past Internships for Pre-Law Students

    • Iowa Secretary of State
    • Iowa District Court
    • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Law firms
    • Government agencies

    Job Placements of Pre-Law Graduates

    • Assistant legal counsel to Wisconsin governor  
    • United States congressional staff
    • United States Department of Defense staff      
    • County attorneys
    • Political Campaigns

    Past Graduate School Placements

    • University of Iowa
    • Wake Forest University
    • Syracuse University
    • University of Kentucky
    • Creighton University

    Internships in Washington, D.C.

    BVU has a long-standing relationship with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which is an organization that matches students with internships in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center has placed BVU pre-law majors in the White House, the U.S. Congress, law firms, policy think tanks, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and various law enforcement agencies.

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    Share Remarkable Experiences.

    TAYLOR LOY, Class of 2019

    Taylor acquired a wealth of hands-on experience when she interned with the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office. Her primary responsibilities were to prepare the weekly magistrate court docket, review police reports and witness testimony, and conduct legal research in preparation for trial. Today Taylor is exploring summer internship and clerkship opportunities to further hone her skills as an aspiring attorney.

    I gained a better understanding of what a prosecutor does on a day-to-day basis, and how to navigate some of the legal databases currently in use.

    Pre-Law Courses

    • Major in Political Science - Legal Studies Track (40 Credit Hours)

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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    Pre-Law Faculty

    Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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    Transfer Your Credits

    Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most —if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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    Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

    With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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