Pre-Law

Ottawa University’s liberal arts education is an excellent choice for those dedicating their lives to careers related to law. To prepare for juris doctorate studies, students choose a relevant and challenging degree program, hone their capacities through the liberal arts core and breadth areas, work closely with academic advisors on law school application processes (see Advising), and prepare for the LSAT (see Resources).

According to the American Bar Association,

[t]here is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. Students who are successful in law school, and who become accomplished professionals, come from many walks of life and educational backgrounds. Some law students enter law school directly from their undergraduate studies without having had any post-baccalaureate work experience. Others begin their legal education significantly later in life, and they bring to their law school education the insights and perspectives gained from those life experiences. Legal education welcomes and values diversity and you will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view that your colleagues will bring to the classroom.

Alumni of OU who went on to study and practice law have majored in history, English, business administration, sociology, and other fields; they have benefitted from the study of public policy, social justice, public speaking, performance, text analysis, critical writing, and ethics. Their involvement in co-curricular programs like theatre, forensics, athletics, and student organizations has enhanced their success in law programs.