Welcome to the College of the Ozarks
Pre-Law track page! The focus of this track is to provide students with the guidance they need to become successful in future law-related courses and careers. Your C of O
pre-law advisor, Mr. Lindon Newberry
, will help you to navigate your education path. Students who are interested in this track are able to earn their undergraduate degree a variety of disciplines including history, English or literature, economics, philosophy and more. The Association of American Law Schools does not recommend a specific major or minor as the preferred pre-legal course of study.
College of the Ozarks assist students in applying to law school early admission programs. Prior written approval allows students to apply up to 30 hours of law school courses to their undergraduate degree requirements. This combined curriculum enables students to obtain both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in six years.
Several colleges in Missouri offer law programs with early admission programs, including the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and the Univ of Missouri-Kansas City. Other schools may or may not have early admission programs; the student should research the policy and procedures for application at the institution where he/she wishes to apply.
Students must complete all General Education courses and have a minimum of 95 hours, including six credits of Political Science, before attending a law school under an early admission program. After the successful completion of one year of law school classes the student will have an official transcript sent to the College and those hours will be applied to undergraduate degree requirements. The student will be granted a Political Science major, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
Students should maintain a high grade point average and strive to prepare for the LSAT by taking appropriate courses. Students are advised to select a major which could be completed in the senior year should he or she not be accepted by the law school. The fact that a student is not accepted for an early admission does not mean that the student will not be granted admission after completion of a bachelor’s degree.