Pre-Law


A background in law, political philosophy, and logic will give you excellent preparation for law school.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Practice your craft in Mock Trial
  • Small class sizes; individual attention
  • 3+3 Agreement with University of Iowa College of Law

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Pre-Law Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information about Pre-Law

More Information about Pre-Law

What Will I Learn?

In studying law, your SAU professors will encourage sustained reflection on the relationship between law and human nature. Fundamental concepts – such as human nature, truth, justice, virtue, citizenship, and leadership – will be explored through the lens of major political philosophers during a required course, Truth, Justice & Politics.

You'll also receive a practical introduction to the basic elements of the American legal system, as well as other legal systems and the history of legal thought and practice.

It's essential that you have success in law school and practicing law, so you'll pay special attention to logical and critical thinking, persuasive argument, and cogent speaking and writing.

Get an idea of your coursework by reading descriptions in the online course catalog.

What Unique Learning Opportunities Will I Have?

Joining Mock Trial at SAU can give you excellent preparation for a live courtroom environment. This program simulates a real courtroom trial with students serving as attorneys and witnesses. Our team consistently earns top ranks at competitions, and first-year and transfer students who commit to the team can apply for a $1,000 annual scholarship, renewable for up to eight semesters. For more information on Mock Trial, contact coach Sarah Gorham.

Degree Requirements

3+3 Law Degree Requirements

Political Science Department faculty will advise students of any major who want to pursue law in graduate school.

In particular, SAU has a 3+3 law degree agreement with the University of Iowa College of Law. During your junior year at SAU, you can apply to the University of Iowa Law School and earn both your bachelor's and law degree in just six years. See Undergraduate Requirements below.

If accepted into the program, you can earn your senior year of undergraduate credits during your first year of law school.

For more information, contact Dr. Joe Hebert, Director of Pre-Law Studies at St. Ambrose.

3+3 Plan Requirements

  • Pass PSCI 110 Law and Society
  • Complete PSCI 304, 316, or 320 with a grade of A- or better
  • Complete all SAU general education requirements
  • Complete all major or minor requirements (with the exception of courses that the major/minor department waives or substitutes)
  • Complete all SAU graduation requirements. Non-major electives or the requirement of the last 30 SAU credits are exempt.
  • Meet all admission requirements of the University of Iowa College of Law

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!