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.  

    Located blocks from state and local courts and the North Carolina General Assembly, WPU 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 at an internship that may include : advocacy/lobbying, governance, law, non-profit administration, politics, policy research, and public administration. You might be helping legislators draft bills in the General Assembly;  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.

    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

    View the Academic Catalog to see courses in Pre-Law.

    Pre-Law B.A.: Sample 4-Year Plan

  • Faculty
    Beth Kusko
    Associate Professor of Political Science; Program Director of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law
    Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Careers

    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 


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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