Pre LawAcademic Program
LSAT Prep Courses
No LSAT dates on schedule at this time.
Financing Legal Education
- Financial Aid Overview
- Perspective on law school debt and the developing legal job market
- Grants and Scholarships – The federal government generally does not provide grants for graduate students. Further, there are very few private or state funded scholarships or grants for law students. Most scholarships that are available are merit based and are awarded on a school by school basis. Schools heavily way undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores when awarding such scholarships. Additionally, diversity is often considered when awarding such scholarships. Often, the continuation of the scholarship for all three years of law school is conditioned upon performance during law school.
In addition to the academic advising, ACU students interested in a legal career may consult with advisors to the Pre-Law Society for more information. Also through the Pre-Law Society, students can interact with volunteer attorneys, who can offer advice ranging from answering questions regarding the law school admission process to weighing whether a legal career is right for the student.
For pre-law advising, contact Dr. Tracy F. Munsil at [email protected].
Pre-Law at Arizona Christian University
Historically, law was one of the three learned professions. Along with theology and medicine, law was considered a profession because those who practiced made a “profession” of a creed to enter the practice. Long before modern law schools, students of the law would “read the law” under a practicing lawyer for a number of years. Students who aspired to “read” or practice law were first trained in the classics, including the study of Holy Scripture, Latin, literature, philosophy, history, math and science.
ACU strives to provide students with a similar foundation given to lawyers of old. At ACU, pre-law is not offered as a major. Instead, students planning to attend law school after their undergraduate studies are encouraged to develop analytical skills, critical thinking, writing skills, and a broad classical education through ACU’s various liberal arts and ministry degree programs. Because admission to law school is highly competitive, additional courses are recommended to help prepare students for application to law school. Choice of courses will depend on a student’s major and should be made in consultation with the academic advisor. Typically, students choose from business law, behavioral studies, economics, history, logic, psychology or political science.
Students can also complete a pre-law emphasis – a sequence of political science (POL) courses designed to introduce them to the study of law. Three POL courses fulfill pre-law emphasis requirements: POL 230: Law and Politics, POL 326: Supreme Court and the Constitution, and POL 465: Constitutional Law. Students should consult with their academic advisor when selecting these or other courses to fulfill the pre-law emphasis requirements.
Because law schools typically look at more than academics in the selection process, students are encouraged to gain extracurricular, community, or leadership experience before applying to law school. Students can participate in a wide variety of activities, including volunteering with community agencies, legal internships, and relevant work experiences. Students interested in law as a career can participate in the Pre-Law Society, which sponsors activities, meetings, and informational sessions throughout the academic year. Also, ACU provides a number of resources to students who desire to pursue a legal career or attend law school – including LSAT advising and preparation, pre-law academic advising, and assistance during the law school application process. For additional information about pre-professional programs contact the Admissions Advising Center, advisors to the Pre-Law Society, or your academic advisor.