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Northwest Missouri State University

Pre-Law Major

A Pre-Professional Program

Why Major in Pre-Law?

Northwest’s Pre-Law program consists of recommended coursework along with one-on-one assistance in the preparation for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and law school admission process. The program is highly successful in preparing students for admission to law school. In recent years, 31 out of 32 students were admitted. The pre-law program also provides access to multiple internship and study abroad opportunities.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences


Although internships are not required in the pre-law program, they are highly encouraged and will provide hands-on, real-world experience. Below are examples of internship opportunities.

  • Private law firms
  • Local prosecutors and public defenders
  • Legislative internships in Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Federal, state, local and private placements

Pre-Law Society

Trips to law schools and admission fairs, speakers and panels, LSAT preparation and practice tests, peer discussion and social events.

Mock Trial

Students compete in trial simulations at invitational and American Mock Trial Association sanctioned regional and national tournaments and Bearcat Invitational hosted annually at Northwest.

Criminal Justice Club

Supports the development and interests of students minoring in criminal justice. The club also sponsors speakers and promotes professional development of students preparing to enter the field.

Law School Admission

Northwest graduates have been admitted to the following law schools:

  • College of William and Mary
  • Marquette University
  • Pepperdine University
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington University

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.