Pre-Law Program


Program Details

The greatest advantage Xavier offers to the prospective law student is a robust core of liberal arts courses in our pre-law program, where they develop the verbal, written and analytical skills needed to succeed in law school. Xavier students, regardless of the major they choose, take courses from many different areas including the humanities, literature, foreign language, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science and theology.

These courses combined with the field of study and free electives provide a strong background that makes the Xavier graduate attractive to law schools throughout the United States.


First Year
  • Explore law careers
  • Get course scheduling advice from your pre-law advisor
  • Join the Xavier Mock Trial Club

Sophomore Year
  • Research admittance requirements for law schools
  • Plan your LSAT preparation schedule
  • Connect with your pre-law mentor

Junior Year
  • Take the LSAT
  • Submit law school applications

Senior Year
  • Decide which school to attend

Student Clubs

St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society

Pre-law students are strongly urged to join the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society. This group meets several times a year to discuss the law school application process and careers in the legal profession.

Career Outcomes

99% of Xavier students are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating (Class of 2022).

Top Jobs: Registered Nurse, 2nd Lieutenant, Social Worker, Advocacy and Community Outreach, Coordinator, Chemical Safety & Regulatory Specialist, Content Coordinator, Police Officer

Top Companies: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, Mercy Health, Jewish Hospital, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Urban Servant Corps, GE Aviation

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Core Curriculum

Group of students in the pre-law program in a Xavier classroom

Law schools value academic diversity and a broad liberal arts background in their students. Our core curriculum gives students in the pre-law program a valuable foundation for all further education.

Core Details

Professional Mentorship

Student in the pre-law program meeting with mentor at a Career Fair

Students in the pre-law program are matched with a mentor who is a practicing lawyer from a prestigious private or government law office in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Real Experience

Photo of a judge in a courtroom

Students in the pre-law program have the opportunity to participate in our Mock Trial club and gain experience in regional and national competitions.

Graduate With Honors

Are you looking for an academic challenge? The University Scholars Honors Program offers incoming students a more challenging curriculum and close support from professors while completing their undergraduate degree. Acceptance into the program is highly selective and includes a $2000 travel grant.

University Scholars Honors Program Details

Pre-Law Program Major at Xavier University

Many different majors can lead to a successful career in law. There is no particular course of study that is a prerequisite for admission to law school. At Xavier, students are instilled with strong communications skills, verbal and written, as they are both essential to a successful future in law. Courses requiring writing, research, and analytical thinking subjected to rigorous faculty criticism are tools used in the pre-law program to take students beyond mere preparation, to give them a competitive advantage in the field. Students also receive a solid understanding of human institutions and values. Xavier utilizes courses in political science, history, social psychology and sociology help to develop this discipline.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."