Pre-Law Students

Mars Hill University does not have a Pre-Law major as that is NOT necessary for law school admission. In fact, there is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education, however, in many ways, a sound liberal arts education will best prepare you for the rigors of law school.

Students who are successful in law school, and who become accomplished professionals, come from many walks of life and educational backgrounds. Some law students enter law school directly from their undergraduate studies without having had any post-baccalaureate work experience. Others begin their legal education significantly later in life, and they bring to their law school education the insights and perspectives gained from those life experiences. Legal education welcomes and values diversity and you will benefit from the exchange of ideas and different points of view that your colleagues will bring to the classroom.

Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, criminal justice, economics, or business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.

Students are encouraged to take classes and engage in internships that promote the following:

  • Analytic / Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication / Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization / Management Skills
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice

In addition to the fundamental skills and values listed above, there are some basic areas of knowledge that are helpful to a legal education and to the development of a competent lawyer. Some of the types of knowledge that would maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education include:

  • A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society in the United States.
  • A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system.
  • Some basic mathematical and financial skills, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data.
  • A basic understanding of human behavior and social behavior.
  • An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world.

Fortunately, there are many classes at Mars Hill University that promote these fundamental skills and knowledge. Please discuss your course selection with your advisor or one of the Pre-Law advisors with this in mind.


The Law School Admission Test must be taken by any student applying to an ABA approved law school. This test is offered four times each year in June, August, October and February. Students should take this test as soon as possible during their junior year and often find that they need to take the test more than once to achieve the score that they desire. Students are encouraged to create an account on and spend considerable time in their LSAT preparation.

North Carolina ABA Approved Law Schools:

  • Campbell University School of Law – Raleigh
  • Duke University School of Law – Durham
  • Elon University – Greensboro
  • North Carolina Central University – Durham
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem

Law Day

Every fall the department of political science, together with Career Services and Pi Sigma Alpha, provide a Law Day event with various panels of lawyers from the community, admissions deans from North Carolina law schools and law school professors who provide information regarding admission to law school, being a law student, bar examinations, and what it is like to actually be a lawyer. Special attention is paid to inviting participants from a variety of law schools, legal occupations and undergraduate experience. It is highly recommended that any student interested in law school attend these highly informative events.  Since 2012, MHU graduates have been accepted and completed their law studies in a variety of prestigious law schools including William and Mary, College of Charleston School of Law, West Virginia University, and others and have gone on to careers in criminal law, private practice, and governmental agencies.

Pre-Law Advising

Students at Mars Hill University are fortunate in that we have pre-law faculty who focus on pre-law advising.  Dr. Heather Hawn has a law degree and had an active practice for 10 years in North Carolina. Please contact her to discuss your interest in law school, legal internships, and LSAT preparation.

Dr. Heather Hawn
Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director
Office110 Founders Hall
EducationB.A. University of North Carolina
J.D., Campbell University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

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