“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
A liberal arts education is simply the best preparation for law school. For a liberal arts education teaches you how to think, not what to think. Though you might, of course, seek a pre-professional program in law at a large university, Wittenberg, with its core general education curriculum and demanding writing requirement, ensures that you will cultivate the very skills you’ll need as a lawyer (not to mention as a law-school applicant): critical analysis, logical thinking and the ability to write and speak with precision. Lawyers spend most of their time engaged in problem-solving. They have to be able to interpret dense and difficult legal materials, figure out which materials are relevant to their work, and then make a case for their relevance.
Wittenberg students who are interested in law do not follow a formal pre-law curriculum, but instead may major in any discipline which inspires their passion. Thus, our graduates not only develop essential lawyerly skills, but at the same time acquire profound knowledge of another field. After all, if you’re thinking of studying environmental law, wouldn’t a science major be useful to you? Or perhaps you’re interested in public interest law—you might study sociology, focusing on human rights. If you find international law compelling, majoring in political science or East Asian studies might be just the thing for you. Perhaps you’re interested in corporate litigation—wouldn’t it be useful to have a background in management?
Students interested in law are also encouraged to join the student Pre-law Association.
Dr. Brooke Wagner
Pre-Law Advisor, Assistant Professor of Sociology