PRE-LAW | From Classroom to Courtroom
The pre-law interdisciplinary minor is designed to match seamlessly with students’ other interests, whether that’s mass media, psychology, or business. Students work with a pre-law advisor to create a course of study that prepares them for law school. The advisor also helps find internship opportunities. Guided by faculty with extensive legal expertise and Baker’s well-rounded liberal arts education, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence that law schools prize.
The pre-law minor consists of 18 credit hours of required and elective courses and participation in the Baker University Pre-Law Club, which supports students’ preparation for the law school application process, This includes preparing for the Law School Admission Test, choosing target law schools, and writing personal statements and essays.
Baker’s liberal arts curriculum develops essential skills for anyone entering the legal profession, which is why more than 95 percent of Baker students who apply to law school are admitted to either their first or second choice. And in recent years, several Baker grads have received full-ride fellowships to law programs across the country.
WHAT DO PRE-LAW STUDENTS MAJOR IN?
- International studies
- Mass media
WHERE DO BAKER STUDENTS GO TO LAW SCHOOL?
Baker grads have gone on to law schools all across the nation, including:
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri at Columbia
- Georgetown University
- George Washington University
- Washburn University
- University of Missouri at Kansas City
- Creighton University
- Brigham Young University
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
- Duke University
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Gonzaga University
STEPH | Psychology Major, Class of 2016
“The professors here at BU are unlike any others. Not only did they prepare me for law school by challenging me in each of my classes, but several of my professors volunteered their time to look over my application materials. Because I have such close relationships with my professors, they were able to write letters of recommendations with ease because they actually know me not only as a student, but as a person as well. Additionally, the Baker alumni are such a strong group and I was able to connect with them and ask for study tips, as well as ask them for help with my application materials as well.”
TIM | Sociology Major, Business Minor, Class of 2014
GABE | Pre-Law, Class of 2016
of Baker students who apply to law school are admitted to either their first or second choice.
of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.
Course Work & Requirements
Students are also required to actively participate in the Baker University Chancery Club, a pre-law organization that meets monthly with the mission of providing a menu of guest speakers, law-related site visits, and events designed to assist students in preparing for law school and a career in the law.
Core Course Work
The following courses are required of all pre-law interdisciplinary minors:
- PH 110 Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession
- QS 411 Global Citizenship (on a law-focused topic)
Elective Course Work
Students must complete four of the following courses (no more than 6 credit hours in any one prefix):
- BS 251 Business Law I
- BS 252 Business Law II
- MM 478
- Mass Media Law
- PH 120 Ethics
- PH 211 Logic and Critical Thinking
- PH 350 Law and Morality
- PS 421 American Constitutional Law
- SA 351 Sports Law
- SO 346 Criminal Justice
- SO 380 Law and Society
- A law-related Special Topics course approved by the Program Director
- A law-related Independent Study course approved by the Program Director
- A law-related Interterm course approved by the Program Director
- A law-related Internship approved by the Program Director
Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.
Our prelaw advisor will point you toward undergraduate courses that will prepare you for law school, suggest internship possibilities, help you choose potential law schools, and provide guidance as you go through the application process.
KEVIN CONLEY, JD, CPA
Pre-law Advisor, Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
“I enjoy engaging in discussions with students and helping them get excited about a career in law.”
B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
Expertise: business law, income taxes
Office: Mabee 207 | 785.594.8336 | kevin.conley@bakerU.edu