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Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies

Pre-Law

WHY A PRE-LAW CONCENTRATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES?

Each year, a significant number of criminal justice majors express interest in pursuing a legal career. This interdisciplinary concentration has been designed with those students in mind. The concentration is designed so that students not only develop an understanding of the law but also develop critical thinking and communication skills. Awareness of ethics is essential for success in legal professions. With this in mind, coursework is designed to encourage students to explore both personal and professional ethics. Students also have the opportunity to obtain a pre-law minor by enrolling in coursework connected to the University of Dayton’s mock trial team.

In recent years, criminal justice majors have received acceptance letters from law schools such as American University, Boston College, Depaul University, Loyola University, Marquette University, Michigan State University, Villanova University, The Ohio State University and the University of Dayton to name a few.

Earning the criminal justice studies degree with a concentration in pre-law does not guarantee acceptance into law school. Law school admission typically requires a high grade point average, as well as satisfactory performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Students are encouraged to begin preparing for the LSAT early in their undergraduate careers. Each student is assigned an academic advisor who discusses law school admission requirements. The academic advisor also links the students with on-campus law school preparation resources.

Courses beyond the criminal justice core include: Legal careers and professional development, logic, the American judicial process, professional and technical writing, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, law and society and an agency-based internship. 

Pursuit of advanced graduate degrees in: criminal justice, criminology, law or political science.