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Program Type: Undergraduate

Department: Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

NKU’s Pre-Law program was designed for students who are confident in their decision to pursue a law degree once they finish their undergraduate work. You’ll be guided by your advisor who knows the field while completing a degree in any one of our majors. Students frequently major in English, History, Political Science, and Philosophy where they obtain skills in analytical thinking, effective communication, and critical reading. The pre-law minor coursework includes courses from political science, criminal justice, and law, where you will learn from high-rated faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Organizational Leadership and from the Chase College of Law. There are numerous opportunities for internships, and your education and the skills you learn at NKU will pave the way for you to obtain a law degree after you finish undergraduate school.

3+3 Accelerated Law Program: The BA in Law also provides the opportunity for an expedited path to law school. In this program, qualified law majors start at the Chase College of Law after their junior year and earn both a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor in one year less than normally required. This unique opportunity is the first of its kind and a step toward a successful career, regardless of the path you choose after graduation.

Program Contacts

Rhea Floyd
Academic Advisor

Students in the Spotlight

Olivia (Hagedorn) Kues

Olivia (Hagedorn) Kues

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Michael Wade Laws

Michael Wade Laws

"If you want to achieve success in life, there is no substitute for hard work and dedication. I truly enjoyed the Political Science department at NKU. I benefited from great professors ...

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Jordan D’Addario

Jordan D’Addario

"She was selected to Rising Stars for 2021, 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. ...

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Erika Michelle Kitchen

Erika Michelle Kitchen

"My time at NKU was filled with adventure, personal growth, and the memories of a lifetime. My first flight ever was on a study abroad trip to Scotland in 2017, where we visited ...

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Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Co-curricular Opportunities: We have many opportunities for you to engage with faculty and fellow students like the Model UN Club, the Mock Trial Team, or the Phi Alpha Delta international law fraternity.
  • Internships: NKU’s numerous internship opportunities include opportunities with the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Ohio Innocence Project, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, and local law firms.
  • Career Explorations: Our innovative, interdisciplinary courses provide a glimpse into different law careers. Or you might be interested in one of our study abroad programs to learn how organization and correctional outcomes in other countries differ from the United States.
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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.