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Top Schools for Pre-Law

Learn about the academic programs that can help pre-law students begin preparing for careers as licensed attorneys. Find information about program availability at four top-notch universities, as well as a list with at-a-glance details about other schools in the U.S. that offer studies in pre-law. View article »

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Pre-law studies can be found at some of the top colleges in the country. Preview several of the best schools with such degrees and find out what makes them each unique. Hofstra University and New York University are located in New York State. Both schools offer undergraduate programs in pre-law that can help students prepare for specialized graduate studies or a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. A similar course of study can be found at Hamline University, a private school in Minnesota, and Northern Michigan University, a public institution. All these schools have been ranked for excellence by U.S. News and World Report.

Hamline University in St. Paul, MN

Hamline University is a private university that offers both full-time and part-time law programs. The university was ranked 44th on U.S. News and World Report's list of schools with the best part-time law programs in 2016. Through the legal studies department, undergraduates can pursue a curriculum that has been especially tailored for pre-law students. Course topics include the study of legal research, logic, and the American legal system. At the university's School of Law, students can earn certificates and dual degrees, as well as an L.L.M or a J.D. Areas of specialization include criminal, health, and international law.

New York University in New York

New York University is a private institution that ranked sixth on U.S. News and World Report's list of best law schools in 2016. Through the College of Arts and Sciences, students can enroll in the Barbara and Evan Chesler Pre-law Program. The program places students with a pre-law advisor, which allows them to tailor their education toward their graduate interests. Available at the School of Law, graduate degree programs include studies in business, constitutional and tax law. Students can also pursue a layering program, which trains them to become top-notch lawyers ready for professional practice and courtroom litigation. Joint J.D. and M.S. degrees are also available.

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Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY

Hofstra University ranked tied for 111th on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of best law schools in the nation. The university's pre-professional studies program offers a pre-law curriculum that includes topics in legal studies, history, political science, and public speaking. Certificate programs are also available. At the Hofstra Law School, qualified graduates can also pursue LL.M. and J.D. programs. Once admitted, aspiring lawyers study basic and advanced law, including the effect of technology on the legal system.

Northern Michigan University

In 2016, Northern Michigan University was ranked as the 19th best public school by U.S. News and World Report. The university offers a pre-law program from its Political Science and Public Administration Department as well as a pre-law minor for undergraduates. Related paralegal and political science bachelor's programs can be found with a specific political science/pre-law major available. This institution also offers a post-bachelor paralegal certificate. Internships are commonly available to students.

Top Pre-Law Degree Programs

There are other top schools that offer pre-law degree programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Michigan State University Offers a bachelor's degree in pre-law East Lansing, MI
Kilgore College Has an associate's degree program in pre-law studies Kilgore, TX
Grambling State University Features a pre-law undergraduate degree through the College of Arts and Sciences Grambling, LA
Carl Albert State College Has an associate's degree available in pre-law studies Poteau, OK
Ball State University Offers a pre-law associate's program Muncie, IN

Hamline University, New York University, Hofstra University, and Northern Michigan University are four top schools with exceptional pre-law programs, as well as several other degrees in law and related fields.

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