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Pre-Law (BA)

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Caleb Husmann
Associate Professor of Political Science
Elizabeth Kusko
Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director for Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law

Pre-Law at William Peace University: A Pathway to Legal Excellence

Are you driven by a passion for justice and a desire to make a difference in the legal landscape? At William Peace University, we offer a unique Pre-Law program, positioning ourselves as one of the exclusive institutions in North Carolina providing a major tailored for aspiring law school students.

Immersive Learning in the Heart of Legal Activity

Picture this – you step out of your dorm, grab a coffee on campus, and within minutes, find yourself at the doorstep of state and local courts, as well as the North Carolina General Assembly. This is the everyday reality for Pre-Law students at WPU. Our program goes beyond textbooks and classrooms, offering an immersive experience where you can engage with the legal system firsthand.

In your final year as a Pre-Law major, you’ll have the opportunity to work with sponsoring organizations, participating in internships that span various facets of the legal realm. From advocacy and lobbying to governance, law, non-profit administration, politics, policy research, and public administration, the choices are diverse.

Envision yourself helping legislators draft bills in the General Assembly or assisting an attorney with crucial research in preparation for trial. This hands-on approach ensures that you not only understand legal theories but also gain practical insights that set you apart.

Interdisciplinary Excellence: Beyond the Books

At WPU, we recognize that a comprehensive legal education extends beyond the boundaries of a single discipline. Our Pre-Law program boasts an interdisciplinary curriculum that not only imparts a strong foundation in legal subject matter but also hones critical thinking, analytical writing, and public speaking skills – essential attributes sought by law schools and employers alike.

The diverse and dynamic nature of our curriculum ensures that you are well-prepared for the multifaceted challenges of the legal profession. As a Pre-Law graduate from WPU, you won’t just be well-versed in the law; you’ll possess a set of skills that transcends traditional legal education, making you a versatile and effective professional.

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Join us on the journey to legal excellence at William Peace University’s Pre-Law program, where your passion for justice meets hands-on experience and interdisciplinary learning, setting the stage for a successful and impactful career in the legal arena and beyond.

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Endless Career Possibilities

Embarking on a Pre-Law journey at WPU opens doors to a multitude of career paths. While the obvious routes include becoming a lawyer or a judge, our graduates have gone on to excel in diverse roles such as paralegals, social workers, compliance specialists, legal writers, and even police officers. The versatility of our program empowers you to explore various avenues within and beyond the legal field, ensuring that your career options remain expansive and adaptable to your evolving interests.

Prepared for Success: Your Future in Law and Beyond

As a Pre-Law student, you are not just gaining legal knowledge — you are cultivating a mindset of inquiry, advocacy, and ethical reasoning. The skills you develop in our program go beyond the courtroom, preparing you for success in a rapidly changing professional landscape. Whether you aspire to pursue a legal career or leverage your expertise in other fields, the Pre-Law program at WPU equips you with the tools to thrive.

Several careers exist for students who understand the law, and it’s not just lawyers. WPU graduates have gone on to work as: 

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Social Worker
  • Compliance Specialist 
  • Legal Writer
  • Police Officer 

Frequently Asked Questions


The interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students not only acquire a strong foundation in legal studies but also develop critical skills such as analytical writing, critical thinking, and public speaking. These skills are highly valued by law schools and employers, making our graduates well-rounded professionals.


No. While many of our graduates pursue law school, the skills gained in the Pre-Law program open doors to various professions, including but not limited to paralegal, social worker, compliance specialist, legal writer, and police officer.


Our program stands out due to its immersive approach, allowing students to work directly with the legal system. The proximity to state and federal courts, as well as the North Carolina General Assembly, provides unparalleled opportunities for real-world experience.

Related Programs

Criminal Justice (BA)

Interdisciplinary studies (BA)

Political Science (BA, Minor)

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