Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law

  • Overview

    WPU is one of the only institutions in North Carolina to offer Pre-Law as a major, designed for students wishing to attend law school, culminating in The Raleigh Experience – an advantage no other school can offer.

    Located just blocks from state and local courts and the North Carolina General Assembly, William Peace University Pre-Law students learn the legal system by working in it every day. Imagine leaving your dorm, grabbing a coffee on campus and walking to the state legislature to conduct policy research. That’s the kind of immersive experience you can expect in your final year as a pre-law major, working for sponsoring organizations in rotations that can include: advocacy/lobbying, governance, law, non-profit administration, politics, policy research, and public administration. One session you might be helping legislators draft bills in the General Assembly; the next, you could assist an attorney with research in preparation for trial. In addition, our interdisciplinary curriculum will provide a strong foundation in the subject matter while developing the critical thinking, analytical writing and public speaking abilities that law schools and employers require.

    Read about our dual-degree option with Campbell University to earn a B.A. and J.D. in just six years.



    WPU Pre Law students participate in a debate
    Take advantage of #OurRaleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, and work with some of the best legal minds in the country
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Pre-Law Core Courses12 credit hours
    Pre-Law Allied Courses12 credit hours
    Pre-Law Elective Courses12 credit hours
    General Electives35 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Communication120 credit hours


    Pre-Law Core Courses
    12 credit hours
    PSC 201: American Government3
    PSC 202: State and Local Government3
    PSC 270: Law and the Legal System3
    PSC 370: American Constitutional Law3
    Pre-Law Allied Courses
    12 credit hours
    HIS 201: History of the United States I3
    HIS 202: History of the United States II3
    BSA 221: Financial Accounting3
    BSA 222: Managerial Accounting3


    Pre-Law Elective Courses (choose 4)
     12 credit hours
    PSC 220: Introduction to Public Administration3
    PSC 305: Campaigns and Elections3
    PSC 310: Lobbying and Advocacy3
    PSC 311: Political Leadership3
    PDS 491: Academic Internship II3
    PSC 340: Nonprofit Administration3
    PSC 360: Public Policy Research Methods3
    PSC 315: Women in Politics3
    PSC 491: Political Science Internship II3


    General Electives
    35 credit hours
    Must complete 35 elective credit hours35
  • Faculty
    Beth Kusko
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director for Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law
  • Careers

    If you are interested in attending law school and becoming a lawyer or judge, the pre-law major is for you. At William Peace University, pre-law majors do not just study their field-they work in it, connect to it and prepare to lead in it. Several opportunities exist for students who have an interest in understanding the law. More than 400 law firms operate in the Raleigh area.

    Internship opportunities include:
    • Federal, state and county courthouses, including the North Carolina Supreme Court
    • The North Carolina Legislative Building and the Governor’s Mansion
    • Wake County District Attorney’s Office
    • State Bureau of Investigation
    • The Campbell University School of Law
    • Duke University School of Law
    • North Carolina Central School of Law
    • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Law School
Aerial photo of the fountain and Main building.
WPU alums head off to UNC Law School

“Without WPU, neither of us would have the life-changing experiences that inspired us to attend law school.”

Anthony McCue ’16, Making WPU History & Getting Accepted into UNC Law School
2016 Graduate & Former SGA President, UNC Law Student
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