Preparation for Law
212 East Hall, 419-372-6841
History, 128 Williams Hall, 419-372-2030
Philosophy, 311 Shatzel Hall, 419-372-2560
Political Science, 116 Williams Hall, 419-372-7416
Sociology, 219 Williams Hall, 419-372-2297
Undecided, 205 Administration Building, 419-372-2015
accredited law schools in Ohio, like most accredited schools
throughout the country, require a college degree for admission.
A college degree is also a prerequisite to taking the
Ohio Bar Examination and the bar examinations for most
other states. Beyond the minimum requirements for admission,
law schools emphasize the value of a broad, general program
of arts and sciences for the prospective law student.
Above all, they stress the importance of acquiring certain
intellectual skills and abilities rather than a particular
body of information. Foremost among these skills are facility
in writing and speaking, logical reasoning and the use
of abstract concepts. Because the student can develop
these skills in a variety of courses, there is no basis
on which to prescribe a rigid and detailed "prelaw
curriculum" or recommend any particular major.
schools, however, uniformly emphasize the special value
of courses in which considerable writing is required.
In addition courses in American government help acquaint
the student with the basic legislative, administrative
and judicial processes of our society. Business and economics
courses often provide an understanding of business and
financial concepts and terms with which the lawyer may
deal. Other disciplines such as history, philosophy, psychology
and sociology offer concepts, information and perspectives
that are important in dealing with modern legal issues.
Finally, prelaw students may wish to take a course in
which case method is used to test if their aptitudes lie
in this direction.