Pre-law at UT is not a major. It is a pre-professional program designed to foster the skills necessary for successful, law-related careers: reading, critical thinking and analytic writing.
Students can designate pre-law as a concentration on their applications to UT or at any time during their undergraduate career.
By designating a pre-law concentration, UT students:
- Can meet with an advisor for help with course and major selection. Advisors also help students apply and get into the law schools of their choice
- Are alerted to seminars, workshops and other special events geared to those with interests in law.
- Students have no special course requirements as pre-law students. They can choose any major at UT.
- Our recommendation is that you choose a broad, challenging course of study that you’re passionate about. Choose a major that will cultivate the skills that will help you get accepted into law school and have a successful career.
- UT’s outstanding liberal arts curriculum. The College of Arts and Letters emphasizes the thinking, speaking and writing skills that law students need. We also provide you with knowledge of institutions, history and the social and political aspects of the law.
Many departments offer courses tailored to students interested in law. Visit the departments of economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology and anthropology. Law-specific programs include:
- A specialization in legal studies for political science majors.
- A law and social thought major. UT is one of the few universities in the region — and the only state university in Ohio — to offer this major. Students in this interdisciplinary, undergraduate program study law in a liberal arts context, with faculty in the departments of humanities and social sciences. It incorporates courses developed for the major, a unique pro-seminar for student/faculty discussion and a field experience (study abroad, community work or an internship).
- Pre-law track in paralegal studies. 93% of the graduates of UToledo’s ABA-approved paralegal studies program who go on to law school pass the bar on their first attempts. Our program in the College of Health and Human Services is a national demonstration program, and one of the nation’s best. Graduates who have GPAs of 3.5 or better and score in the top 50% on the LSAT are guaranteed admission to The University of Toledo College of Law.
Students learn from attorneys in an on-campus, state-of-the-art courtroom. The curriculum includes courses instrumental to promoting critical thinking and analytical skills. Students also complete an internship in the legal field.
- UT College of Law. It’s a big advantage to be a pre-law major on a campus with its own law school. The College of Law plays an active role in helping UToledo undergraduates prepare for law school. They sponsor workshops, guest lectures and debates on current topics.
- Nationally recognized mock trial team. There’s no better way to explore the inner workings of litigation and trial procedure. UT’s mock trial team has been national champion 10 times and qualified for the finals 13 times.
The skills cultivated by UT pre-law students are critical to a multitude of careers in law or other areas, including:
- Public policy
- Real estate