Attorneys play a vital role in civilized society. By synthesizing their knowledge of history, political science and business with exceptional logic and verbal skill, attorneys assist their clients – individuals, organizations and even nations – in understanding and adhering to the law.
When you pursue pre-law coursework, you learn to read critically, think logically, write persuasively and act ethically – skills that equip you to interpret the law in service to others.
At St. Norbert, you can prepare yourself for law school by earning a degree in any number of fields, including but not limited to:
- Bachelor of arts in economics
- Bachelor of arts in political science
- Bachelor of arts in English
- Bachelor of arts in sociology
- Bachelor of arts in philosophy
- Bachelor of arts in international studies
You may also pursue a pre-law certificate at St. Norbert. The program focuses on honing skills critical in legal interpretation and practice – skills prized by law school admission officials.
The liberal arts, tied to a curriculum tailored for those wishing to pursue a career in law, will prepare students to complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT, typically completed during the junior or senior year, demonstrates the capacity to complete an education in law and is required for admission to all law schools located in the United States.
A Pre-Law Degree at Work
While you likely picture an attorney in a courtroom, attorneys actually work in many roles:
- Corporate counsel
- Tax lawyer
- Marriage and family attorney
- Estate-planning attorney
- Patent attorney
- District attorney
- Public defender
- Judicial clerk
- Public interest attorney
- Law school professor
Enrich Your Pre-Law Program
You can enhance your pre-law experience at St. Norbert through collaborative research with a faculty member. You’ll find your professors eager to mentor you in designing a research project that hones your critical-thinking and analytical skills.
Like all undergraduates at St. Norbert, you are encouraged to study abroad as a pre-law student. Time spent overseas helps you grow as a person and gives you an edge in the keen competition for law school admission.
“None of your classes – even introductory and general education classes – will be particularly large, and they tend to lend themselves to deep discussions and opportunities to write. These expectations of responsibility and accountability are internalized very early on and built upon as you progress through your studies. From a real, practical perspective, this means that you will leave St. Norbert uniquely prepared for the challenges and realities that will follow. When I got to law school, I was prepared and comfortable standing on my feet to address a case or defend a position and I was very used to exams that required me to think and write in long-form responses to nuanced questions. These investments of time and attention made during my time at St. Norbert continue to yield dividends in my professional life today given that the ability to think, write and speak with clarity, is in alarmingly short supply.”
Adam Winters ’04
Senior vice president and general counsel at Green Bay Packaging Inc.
Preparation for Law School
Law schools require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university for admission. However, no specific fields of major study or particular courses are prescribed. As a result, students at St. Norbert are encouraged to pursue a degree in any department or area of study.
Law relates to many aspects of human activity and law schools look for diversity in undergraduate courses that may present a highly desirable pre-law background. Students should seek to develop a high degree of competence in reading and writing, and the skills of critical analysis and logical reasoning. Thus, courses in literature, composition, communications, mathematics, and logic offer obvious and useful preparation. In addition, applicants to law school should have a sound grounding in the economic, social and political institutions of the U.S.
St. Norbert College and Marquette University Law School 3 Plus 3 Partnership Program
St. Norbert College students can get on the fast track for a law degree by taking advantage of the 3-plus-3 academic partnership between St. Norbert and Marquette Law School. The academic program will allow St. Norbert undergraduate students to enroll at Marquette Law School after completing only three years of education (99 credits) at St. Norbert. Traditionally, earning a bachelor’s degree followed by a law degree would take a student seven years.
St. Norbert 3-plus-3 students will be able to apply to Marquette University during their junior year. Those who are admitted will move directly into Marquette's law program. Once they have successfully completed all requirements during their first year of law school at Marquette, they will be able to transfer 29 credits back to St. Norbert to achieve a baccalaureate degree at St. Norbert College.
Students will then have two additional years of law school at Marquette before receiving their juris doctor degree from Marquette Law School, all in six total years – saving students a full year of college tuition.
Admission to the 3-plus-3 law school partnership will be limited to those who score a minimum 28 on the ACT exam or a minimum of 1310 on the SAT exam, and have earned a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.75. Students must be admitted to the partnership program by the conclusion of their freshman year at St. Norbert.
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Last updated July 2, 2018