Do more than study law. At Southeast, you can earn a degree while gaining a solid foundation for law school at an affordable price.

A wide variety of undergraduate majors are suitable as law school preparation, provided they have a strong academic content. Courses that develop a student’s ability to think logically and to express thoughts lucidly in written form are strongly suggested. Most students in the Pre-Law program earn a bachelor of science in political science or interdisciplinary studies. 

What You'll Do  

Students interested in pre-law should know there is no defined pre-law curriculum, which most schools of law discourage anyway. Students who choose this program will follow the course of study for their selected degree. 

What Can You Do with a Degree in Pre-Law?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Advanced Degree Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • University of Missouri Law School
  • Washington University Law School
  • St. Louis University Law School
  • SIU-Carbondale Law School
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Florida

Internship Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Office of the Governor
  • Missouri State Senate
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • United States District Court, ED Mo
  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank
  • Safe House for Women

Outcomes & Careers

  • $136k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for lawyers is $135,740.

  • $129k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for judges, and related workers is $128,610.

  • $59k

    Paralegals and Legal Assistants

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Paralegals and Legal Assistants is $59,200. 

"The ‘Will to Do’ is not about doing just what is necessary to accomplish something. It is about going above and beyond to get the most of an experience. If I had just gone to class for three years, I would have still gotten a law degree. However, I had the ‘Will to Do’ more. I wrote actual motions and appellate briefs; tried actual cases as a prosecutor; represented actual clients as defense counsel; advocated for Native Americans in tribal court; and argued in front of a state level court of appeals. It should never just be about the destination; it should be about getting the most out of the journey."

John Grobmyer '13

A portrait of Missouri State Public Defender and 2013 Southeast graduate John Grobmyer.

Real-World Opportunities

  • Jefferson City Legislative Internship

    Southeast students are highly sought after by legislators in Missouri’s Capitol for the legislative internship experience. The program, while giving invaluable experience to students, can also lead to a career. Many former interns have gone on to government or campaign employment following their internship experience. 

  • Preparing for Law School

    A philosophy degree from Southeast provides a strong foundation for pursuit of law school. In addition to the critical thinking, analytical, and argumentative skills learned, Southeast has an impressive tradition for preparing students. 100% of our philosophy and political science students who apply are accepted to law school, including some of the most impressive in the country like Harvard, Washington University, and University of Missouri.  

  • Center for Strategic & International Studies

    If you hope to put your reasoning skills to work to make the world a better place, Southeast’s partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) could be the experience you’ve been looking for. SEMO students are immersed at the global Washington, D.C. think tank for a week of problem solving while working with policy makers to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems like hunger, cybersecurity, and climate change. Southeast is the only university in the country to have a week-long program with the CSIS for its students. 

  • Accelerated Mizzou Law Program

    Southeast has an exciting partnership with the University of Missouri School of Law that will save students one year of undergraduate school and tuition to get a head start on their career goals in the legal profession. Students complete their major and general education requirements at Southeast in three years, then enter Mizzou law in their senior year, meaning they can complete their first year of law school while credit hours transfer to Southeast for completion of their bachelor’s degree, meaning you get your undergraduate and law degree in just six years. 

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Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

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