Pre-Law at OHIO
A journey that you’ll remember forever
Get ready to fill your college bucket list with pre-law experiences that will last a lifetime and launch your career.
Go places you never imagined, like studying human rights in Northern Ireland over spring break.
Do things you never imagined, like interning with the Ohio Innocence Project to exonerate people serving time for crimes they didn’t commit.
Get to graduate school faster than you imagined, by starting a master’s in Law, Justice & Culture during your senior year.
Meet people you never imagined, like a senior litigation counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice and a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York City.
Get to Graduate School Faster
Complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in an accelerated program in the Early Assurance Program with M.A. in Law, Justice & Culture.
Work with World-Class Faculty
Arts & Sciences faculty are recognized around the world, and beyond if you include the International Space Station, the Kitt Peak Observatory, and the OHIO Student Farm.
Thinkers. Leaders. Change Makers.
At OHIO's College of Arts & Sciences, we're not just equipping professionals for a career: We're building versatile agents of change.
Sarah Welch clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court"I doubt I would have even considered law if I hadn’t done mock trial in high school. I loved thinking about the law, crafting the most persuasive arguments I could, anticipating what my opponents would argue, and presenting my arguments before a judge," said Sarah Welch '16.
Sebastian Johnson studied Kant, Western philosophers"I have learned, first, how to critically analyze and interpret dense arguments. Second, I have learned to construct and translate arguments into concise and organized writing. Third, and perhaps most importantly, I have learned how to efficiently and effectively manage my time," said Sebastian Johnson '22.
Ellen Gill-Franks said 'yes' to getting experience"By being bold enough to allow myself to fail, be rejected, or potentially honored with a new responsibility, I have opened myself up to unexpected growth and immense joy,” said Ellen Gill-Franks '22.
Academics: Choose Your Major
OHIO has seven majors designed especially for students interested in preparing for law school and law-related careers:
- Business Pre-Law
- Geography Pre-Law
- History Pre-Law
- Political Science Pre-Law
- Philosophy Pre-Law
- Sociology Pre-Law
If you’re interested in environmental law, for example, you could major in Geography Pre-Law. The business and economics majors are popular with students interested in business law.
If the major you’re interested in is not on this list, don’t worry—OHIO’s pre-law experiences are open to students in any major. For example, Sociology and Sociology-Criminology are common majors for those interested in societal issues or criminal justice. And many OHIO students double major or add minors or certificates in areas that interest them.