Pre-Law professional program
School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Pre-law study at Anderson University works well within our liberal arts education. Taking classes across the curriculum helps students develop the analytical, writing, research, critical reasoning, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in law school and beyond. These classes also help students acquire the knowledge of history, politics, societies, cultures, economies, and philosophies that make our students well-prepared for law school and the legal profession.
The program also gives students a foundational set of skills needed for careers in government and public service. Building on a political science foundation, students majoring in pre-law at AU will explore the various fields of legal studies, receiving their education from faculty with extensive experience with legal practice. Students within pre-law will also have immersive internship opportunities within public service or elected office.
Pre-law students are encouraged to pursue a complementary major to broaden their skill set and strengthen their knowledge and experience within legal practice. Students planning to attend law school are not restricted to any one major. The top majors for law school applicants are political science, English, history, psychology, economics, and business. Students will also work with their pre-law advisor and complementary major advisor to select courses from across the curriculum that prepare them for admission to law school and the practice of law.
AU graduates have attended Dayton, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Iowa, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Indianapolis, NYU, Ohio State, Regent, and Valparaiso (and have been admitted to many more)!
AU Law Scholar Program
A partnership between Anderson University and Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the AU Law Scholar Program was created to give students an opportunity to follow the same educational path as AU President John S. Pistole, alumnus of both AU and IU McKinney.
After earning his juris doctorate from the McKinney School of Law, Pistole joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and by 2004 was appointed deputy director. In 2010, President Obama nominated Pistole as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and he remains the longest-serving administrator in the TSA’s history.
Any AU graduating senior or alumnus who is accepted to IU McKinney is eligible for the AU Law Scholar program and accompanying scholarship to IU McKinney. AU nominates one student or alumnus for admission each year, following Indiana University’s nomination procedures. At a minimum, AU Law Scholars receive a half-tuition scholarship ranging from $12,500-$23,000 per year.
Along with the in-depth courses, students have the opportunity for hands-on learning. Depending on students’ professional career goals, internship experiences at all levels of government or in the legal profession provide invaluable opportunities to learn and become involved in the daily operations of these organizations.
After graduation, our students move on to a law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service or other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.
- Legal Practice
- Government Service
- Activism or Advocacy
- State Legislation
- Policy Analysis
- Political Campaigning
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