Law schools don’t require one specific major. Instead, they seek evidence of a rich, liberal arts education. They expect you to have strong skills in three major areas: comprehension and expression in words, critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals, and creative power in thinking. Ohio Wesleyan helps prepare you in all of these areas.

About the Major

Options available to students planning to go to law school include traditional majors such as history, English, economics, and politics and government, as well as supplementary course work to help you to prepare for the Law School Admission Test. An interdepartmental pre-law major also is available. If you major in pre-law, you’ll complete a second major in a traditional course of study as well as core courses in English, philosophy, history, economics, and politics and government.

You’ll take six electives to complete your major, all chosen with an eye toward breadth and depth of preparation and in careful consultation with your advisor. This list of courses includes those found most helpful to OWU young alumni who have gone on to study law.

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Graduate Outcomes

Andrew Paik '14

Andrew earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and is now an associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. At Ohio Wesleyan, he interned with the Ohio Attorney General and was named one of the top orators in the national championship of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.


Program Contact Info


Elliott Hall 301
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3777
F 740-368-3644

Program Contact

Program Director: Michael Esler
Professor of Politics and Government
Elliott Hall 301

Department Chair: James Franklin
Professor of Politics and Government
Elliott Hall 308

Academic Assistant: Dawn Wright
Elliott Hall 110