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Though pre-law is not a major at Bethel, law schools accept students from a variety of college majors. The undergraduate programs in political science, history, and philosophy are particularly popular among pre-law students in the United States. Pre-law is one of our pre-professional programs, which means you can meet with your advisor to develop a program of courses that fits your interests and prepares you for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Coursework in our department develops the skills in research, critical thinking, writing, and speaking, the knowledge of human behavior and institutions, and the ethical reflection that will prepare you for law school and for a successful and meaningful career.

In fact, about 10% of our recent graduates are working in legal professions or have taken their legal training into corporate or government positions. Our alumni have gone on to earn degrees at all three law schools in the Twin Cities (Minnesota, St. Thomas, Mitchell-Hamline) and several beyond Minnesota (Harvard, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, and Indiana). Read this 2019 roundtable interview with three of our grads to learn more about their path from Bethel to law school and beyond.

Bethel also has a mentorship program that connects Bethel students with alumni who have gone on to build successful careers in law. In addition, students interested in pursuing a law degree can join the Bethel Pre-Law Society, a student organization that hosts several events and law school tours each year.

To learn more about legal careers and how to prepare for law school and the LSAT, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science Matt Kuchem, who serves as pre-law advisor.