Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Any Bachelor of Science; Any Bachelor of Arts
Location(s): Main Campus
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.
Pre-Law Professional Concentration
Educating a New Generation of Natural-Lawyers
In the Pre-Law concentration at the University of Mary, you will receive the strong academic preparation required to prepare you well for your professional studies.
Our excellent professors prepare you to enter into law schools throughout the nation. If you want to become an attorney, the University of Mary is the right place to begin. The noble profession of law deals with the most amazingly diverse spectrum of life issues. Yet all of them have one thing in common - their importance! Whether it’s the adoption of a child, making a business deal, defending the environment, creating a will, or the defense of the bedrock fundamental rights and freedoms of our country, all of these critical aspects of our society require the use of the law. Excellence in this field contributes both to the common good as well as individual security and peace of mind.
As everyone knows, the path to this profession is challenging, and rightly so. Not everyone is fit to become a lawyer. If you are, the University of Mary will help you to discern your profession. It will prepare you for the first steps to becoming a lawyer. Students will encounter members of the legal profession close-up (some may be your professors) and find their place and purpose within the legal world.
This pre-professional concentration can be coupled with any major on our campus, allowing students to customize their pre-professional preparation. In fact, statistics show that success on the LSAT, or in achieving admission to law school is highly correlated with a number of perhaps surprising majors, such as philosophy or economics. At the University of Mary, the choice is yours.
The Pre-Law concentration requires the completion of twelve courses: ACC 101; BUS 311, 312; ENG 202 or 302; CRJ 212, CRJ 312; POL 202, 414; PHI 202; COM 311 or ENG 332 or COM 309; HIS 271 or 272, BUS/ENG/SBS 425-LSAT Preparation. When these courses have been completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, the student will receive a notation of a pre-law concentration.
Pre-Law Concentration Highlights
Students are provided opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to participate in experiences that will enhance their pre-professional preparation. First there is the Pre-Law Club on campus, where students can meet with like-minded students under the direction of experienced faculty, building a community of networking for future success in the law. The University of Mary is currently expanding the Pre-Law program to include:
- Internships for credit with law firms and legislators from the Bismarck area
- Campus visits by members of the legal profession from a wide variety of practice areas and from locations across the country
- Practice interviews for law school and jobs will be made available to students
- All students in the Pre-Law Concentration are encouraged to participate in the Emerging Leaders Academy, which offers the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship by a leading professional in the community
- LSAT preparation
- Trial advocacy training
Your pre-law advisor will work with you to determine the best path for you to achieve your individual career goals.
- Accreditation: The undergraduate programs at the University of Mary are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
- Focus on You: You will learn from lawyers who have practiced in the field, who will know you by name.
- Affordable Private Education: As one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary prides itself on offering top-quality education that is accessible to any student.
- Scholarships: 99% of Main Campus undergraduate students receive a scholarship.
Career Outlook for Pre-Law Concentration Students
A law degree is one of the most flexible degrees that it is possible to acquire. When one aspires to a career in the law, this path can culminate in the fulfillment of goals as diverse as the establishing of a hometown private practice, representing the state in criminal prosecution, working as legal counsel for a corporation, joining a high-powered law firm in a major city, or becoming a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in a branch of the United States Military. Yet it is well-known that the law is also the gateway to many other related positions, such as mediation, arbitration, court reporters, and of course politics (as of the 2017, 50% of Senators in the 115th Congress were lawyers, as well as about 38% of the House of Representatives).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of lawyers is expected to grow through 2022 by 6%. Because this is a competitive field, with an average salary for lawyers in 2012 of $118,160, the University of Mary is committed to giving their students an edge in preparation for law school and beyond.
Concentration in Pre-Law: ACC 101; BUS 311, 312; ENG 202 or 302; CRJ 212, CRJ 312; POL 202, 414; PHI 202; COM 311 or ENG 332 or COM 309; HIS 271 or 272, BUS/ENG/SBS 425-LSAT Preparation.
Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship!
We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package.
Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education.
Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.
We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.