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Pre-Law

A liberal arts education - which teaches you how to think, not what to think - is the best preparation for law school. Wittenberg's core general education curriculum and demanding writing requirements ensure that students cultivate the very skills needed as a lawyer: critical analysis, logical thinking and the ability to write and speak with precision.

Lawyers spend most of their time engaged in problem solving. They have to be able to interpret dense and difficult legal materials, figure out which materials are relevant to their work, and then make a case for their relevance.

Students interested in law do not follow a formal pre-law curriculum at Wittenberg but instead may major in any discipline that inspires their passion. Thus, our graduates not only develop essential lawyerly skills, but also acquire profound knowledge of another field. Students interested in environmental law may pursue a major in science, while those interested in public interest law may study sociology, focusing on human rights. Students interested in corporate litigation might pursue a business major, while those interested in international law might pursue political science or East Asian studies.

We encourage students to complete an internship to explore various areas of law, gain experience with typical legal tasks, and gain valuable experience for law school applications and resumes. Internship sites have included:

  • Clark County Prosecutor's Office
  • Columbus Prosecutor's Office
  • Common Pleas Court
  • Springfield Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • Springfield Police Department
  • Clark County Juvenile Court
  • Montgomery County Juvenile Court
  • Local law firms

In recent years, our graduates have attended the following law schools, among others:

  • American University
  • Baylor University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Ohio Northern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University

 

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