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Pre-Law

Bachelor of Arts

Studying law is the art of doing what is right, not what is easy. Legal education involves courses in analytic thinking, ethical reasoning, and policy-based analysis. We will help you choose the courses that will best prepare you for the rigors of legal education and the demands made by practicing attorneys. We recommend that you choose a major in the traditionally defined liberal arts disciplines such as philosophy, English, history, mathematics, chemistry, fine arts, religious studies, or foreign languages.

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Program Details

Clarke’s pre-law program will set you apart. You will gain critical thinking, argumentation, and writing skills that are coveted in legal professions. You’ll also develop the capacity to think for yourself, express your thoughts with clarity, and understand the goals and values of the civilized law you seek to serve. You’ll study coursework in symbolic logic, which uniquely prepares you for the difficult “logic games” component of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). You may also take an exclusive LSAT prep course. All students have reported increases in their LSAT results as a consequence of this for-credit class; no other institution in the tri-state area offers such a course.

In addition, Clarke’s 3+3 program with Iowa, Drake, and Creighton Law Schools allows undergraduate students at Clarke to earn their bachelor and law degrees in six years, saving one full year’s tuition. Students apply to law school during their junior year. The credits earned during their first year of law school will also apply to their undergraduate degree.

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Norm Freund, PhD

Norm Freund, PhD

Chair and Professor of Philosophy

“I try to inspire my students to do and be their best and use the transferable skills of philosophy to improve their lives and the world, for the word ‘educate’ means to lead out … of ignorance, darkness, and apathy.”

Kent Anderson, PhD

“I hope that my students cultivate a critical mind that hungers for truth with a passion for making a difference in the world.”

Tom Riley, PhD

Tom Riley, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

“Community is among the keys to happiness, and I’m grateful to Clarke for providing me that.”

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Our Students & Alumni

Mike Daly

Mike Daly

Philosophy '08

I credit all of my success in law school to what I learned in Clarke philosophy classes. They made a huge difference for me in law school and my career.


$141,890
Average salary

The median pay in 2017 for lawyers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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Law school or employed

Percent of our pre-law graduates who have gotten into law school, have passed the bar, and/or have secured jobs.

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Interaction with professors

Enjoy small class sizes with Ph.D.-level educators.

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