Pre-Law

Students planning to pursue a career in law can complete two years of their general studies at Iowa Central Community College. Most colleges of law require a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning legal studies. A bachelor’s degree in a field such as Political Science, History, Psychology, Economics, Accounting, or Business Management helps to prepare undergraduates for the successful pursuit of a legal career. Depending on their area of interest, Pre-Law students at Iowa Central are encouraged to select additional courses relating to Criminal Law and/or Business Law.

Iowa Central’s Pre-Law curriculum helps to develop communication and critical thinking skills, and a basic understanding of institutions, economics, and human values. Whether it is for preparation for admission to law school, a career as a legal assistant, or other careers requiring legal training, Pre-Law coursework at Iowa Central helps to provide the skills necessary for understanding the legal complexities of government, politics, business, and the criminal justice system.

Recommended Pre-Law Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Business Management
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Government
  • History
  • Human Services
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Literature
  • Mass Communications
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Course Schedule

Students interested in attending law school can complete their first two years of general education coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years of undergraduate coursework. Many students planning to attend law school major in such popular Pre-Law fields as Political Science, History, Business Administration, Psychology, Accounting, or Economics. Others choose to follow a multi-disciplinary Pre-Law plan of study such as the following:

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
POL-112 American State and Local Government
3.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
BUS-185 Business Law I
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
OR
ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
BUS-186 Business Law II
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HUM-185 Technology and Social Change
3.0
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
CRJ-132 Constitutional Law
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 63.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu