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Barbara Palmer, Ph.D.
(440) 826-2456, bpalmer@bw.edu

Overview

With an emphasis on rigorous coursework, experiential learning and comprehensive studies, Baldwin Wallace University offers outstanding preparation for students interested in law school.

BW's strong arts and sciences foundation provides the framework for you to gain the analytical and communication skills needed to succeed in law school and in a constantly changing legal environment. You’ll learn to think, problem-solve, and write and speak with confidence as you develop academic and professional competencies. Law schools are not looking for a specific major, but want students who have both outstanding academic preparation and are highly involved with their campuses and communities.

At BW, choose any major you are passionate about and match it with a minor in legal studies. You’ll benefit from real world-focused coursework, small class sizes, individual attention, faculty mentoring, and networking with legal professionals.

Legal Studies Minor Course Requirements

  • First or second year – enroll in Introduction to Law.
  • Second or third year – take a course that will help you prepare for the LSAT.
  • Third and fourth years – take at least three advanced law courses in a variety of fields, including Civil Rights and Liberties, Criminal Law and the Constitution, Healthcare Law and Ethics, Employment Law, Broadcast Law and Ethics, and Sociology of Law.

Individualized Pre-Law Advising

At BW, your success is important. That's why professors and Career Services staff offer one-on-one advising to help you prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), write your personal statement, polish your resume and choose the law school that is right for you.

Students also have access to custom on-line resources to help them navigate the law school application process.

Baldwin Wallace Legal Studies Honor Society

Students who have a legal studies minor and a GPA of 3.6 or above are eligible for the BW Legal Studies Honor Society. There are no national honor societies for legal studies or pre-law, and there are less than five universities in the nation that recognize their students in this way. By joining, you will be able to put something unique and distinguished on your resume and law school applications. 

Professional Opportunities

BW students have myriad opportunities to prepare them for law school and make their applications stand out:

  • Apply for BW's highly selective internship with a federal judge to get hands-on experience in the federal court system.
  • Contact BW's numerous alumni across the U.S. and abroad who serve as lawyers at top firms, elected officials, judges, lawyers, FBI agents, national security professionals and leaders of non-profits for internships, informational interviews and shadowing.
  • Join BW’s award-winning Model United Nations team, where you can compete with students from around the globe while polishing your research and public speaking skills.
  • Spend a semester in Washington, DC through The Washington Center, where you can earn a full-semester of credits while interning at the Justice Department, for a law firm, on Capitol Hill or with an international non-profit.

3+3 Program with CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

We are proud to offer this opportunity for our exceptional students who know from early in their first year at BW that they want to go to law school and stay in northeast Ohio.

Eligible students complete 91 out of 120 credits at BW, and then their senior year is their first year of law school. This shortens the amount of time to complete an undergraduate degree and law degree to six years instead of seven. Students are at BW for three years, and CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for three years (3+3). You are awarded your bachelor's degree after the completion of your first year of law school.

BW has a long history with Cleveland-Marshall Law School. In 1897, Baldwin University (prior to the merger with German Wallace College) created a law school, the first in Ohio to admit women, which would eventually become Cleveland-Marshall. Both BW and C-M Law share a commitment to social justice, public service, and preparing the next generation of leaders.

In order to be eligible, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.6, complete the BW core and legal studies minor, work out a degree plan with your advisor to complete your major, and score in the 60th percentile or above on the LSAT.

For more information, contact professor Barbara Palmer, BW's pre-law advisor and director of legal studies, at bpalmer@bw.edu.