Learn the history and heart behind our laws – then learn the laws themselves.

Little-known fact: 100 percent of our pre-law graduates who went on to law school were accepted into one of their top three law school choices. So, if you’re drawn to the world of the U.S. legal system, obtaining a degree from our pre-law program could be the first and most important step toward pursuing your legal career.  

As a pre-law student at University of the Cumberlands, you’ll gain experience from a diverse range of courses that will cover the writing, researching, and reasoning skills you need to succeed in a variety of legal professions. While engaging with, analyzing, and interpreting legal texts, you’ll grow in areas like research, argumentative writing, and public speaking – all activities that will prepare you for a successful career in law. You’ll also develop answers to some of life’s biggest questions, like what it means to be a good citizen and live a moral life. Dig deeper into history, civilization, the justice system, and your own life philosophy through the pre-law degree program at Cumberlands. 

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Officially, this program is a "Bachelor of Science with a Minor in History and Political Science – Pre-Law Emphasis." Many students are surprised to learn that pre-law is not one specific major, it’s an emphasis on the preparation needed to pursue legal education. In other words, there are no preferred majors for admission to law school – but you do need education in a related field in order to be prepared. This is where our pre-law program shines. Through the study of American government, political theory, public policy, an introduction to the requirements of legal education, and more, you’ll be prepared to take the next step on your journey to becoming a lawyer.  

Note: The campus pre-law advisor, as recognized by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the body which produces the LSAT and handles all applications to law school, is Nathan Coleman, Ph.D., a professor in Cumberland's’ Department of History and Political Science. 

Course Requirements

HIST 137 World Civilization to 1648  

HIST 138 World Civilization since 1648  

HIST 231 American History to 1877  

HIST 232 American History since 1877  

HIST 224 Research Mechanics  

HIST 225 Research Composition  

POLS 131 Introduction to Political Science  

POLS 233 American National Government  

POLS 235 Introduction to International Relations 

HIST 490 Issues in History or POLS 490 Issues in Political Science

HIST 334 Early America 

HIST 335 England: 1485-1832 

HIST 337 The American Constitution 

POLS 230 Introduction to Law and Legal Education  

POLS 431 Internship  

POLS 433 Western Political Theory I and/or POLS 434 Western Political Theory II   

POLS 437 Public Policy and Administration 

HIST 450 Origins of American Constitutionalism 

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completing the same courses as a Bachelor of Science with the addition of completing one foreign language sequence through the intermediate level.


FREN 131     Elementary French I

FREN 132     Elementary French II

FREN 231     Intermediate French I

FREN 232     Intermediate French II


SPAN 131     Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 132     Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 231     Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 232     Intermediate Spanish II

3+3 Program with NKU Chase Law

3+3 Accelerated Law Program with NKU Chase Law 

Students at University of the Cumberlands have an early enrollment opportunity into law school through a partnership with Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) Salmon P. Chase College of Law. 

The Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program combines a final year of undergraduate study with a first year of law school.

Students in the program may complete an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years – three years of undergraduate work plus three years of law school, hence the program’s name – instead of the traditional seven years. Besides enabling students to become lawyers one year sooner, the program also eliminates a whole year of tuition costs. 

Cumberlands students who wish to apply to the Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program must be in good academic standing and have completed enough credit hours to meet senior status. Students who are accepted into the program will receive their bachelor’s degree from University of the Cumberlands after successfully completing their first year at Chase.

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Mission and Goals

The purpose of the pre-law program at University of the Cumberlands is to adequately prepare you to pursue a career in legal fields.

Strong communication and critical-thinking skills.
Logical and analytical reasoning, writing, and reading comprehension skills.
How to maintain composure and quickly gather thoughts in pressured situations.
Overview of America’s legal system and underlying values.
Introduction to political theory, public policy, and government.
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Pre-Law Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Lawyer: $127,990

Lawyer: $127,990

Lawyers advise and represent clients on legal proceedings or transactions.

Paralegal: $56,230

Paralegal: $56,230

Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. 

Political Scientist: $122,510

Political Scientist: $122,510

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. 

Professor: $79,640

Professor: $79,640

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects beyond the high school level.

Historian: $63,940

Historian: $63,940

Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources. 

Detective: $66,020

Detective: $66,020

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

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Common Questions

Pre-law describes an educational program designed to help you prepare for success in law school. University of the Cumberlands’ pre-law program involves courses from departments like history and political science that offer the foundational knowledge and skills you need for success in law school as well as a future legal career. 

Many students pursue a pre-law degree with the intent to become future lawyers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the legal profession will grow over the coming decade, due to the continuing need for legal services across diverse industries and settings — from finance to healthcare to criminal defense. Pre-law is also good preparation for career paths that do not require a law degree, such as paralegal and legal assistant roles. These professionals support lawyers in their work, such as by conducting research, gathering facts, and drafting legal documents. 

Many students find that earning a pre-law degree is a valuable investment — whether they plan to pursue a career as an attorney or something else entirely. Advantages of this degree include LSAT preparation, law school success, higher earnings, and flexible career options.  

Many students are surprised to learn that pre-law is not one specific major, but an emphasis on the preparation needed to pursue legal education. In fact, there are no preferred majors for admission to law school. Some of the most popular pre-law majors include political science, business, English, history, philosophy, and economics. What each of these programs have in common is a diverse range of courses that introduce students to skills they’ll need in law school. 

The pre-law emphasis at University of the Cumberlands offers the foundation you need to excel in law school and beyond. Our Department of History and Political Science produces the largest number of law school applicants compared with other academic departments at UC, and its graduates have achieved a 100 percent law school acceptance rate over the last 22 years.  

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

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Faculty Experts in Pre-Law

Learn more about your future pre-law professors.

Dr. John Wineland

Dr. John D. Wineland

Adjunct Professor

Dr. John D. Wineland

Contact Information

john.wineland [at] ucumberlands.edu
Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball, JD

Assistant Professor

Catherine Ball, JD

Contact Information

catherine.ball [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Michael Spurlock

Dr. Michael Spurlock

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Michael Spurlock

Contact Information

michael.spurlock [at] ucumberlands.edu

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