Attend Law School without a Bachelor’s Degree

August 28, 2019

Attend Law School without a Bachelor’s Degree

Most people don’t know they can achieve their law career goals without a bachelor’s degree, but it is possible. There are many good reasons students do not complete a BA or BS, and that shouldn’t stop them from pursuing their law career ambitions. At Empire College School of Law, we make it possible for students without a baccalaureate degree to apply to our law programs. Read on to learn more about how and why you can attend law school without a bachelor’s degree.


Earn Some College Credit

At Empire College School of Law, prospective students do not need to have earned a BS or BA degree. According to a special California law, our applicants may be admitted with an Associate of Art, an Associate of Science degree, or at least 60 hours of college credit. So, if you have earned your associate degree or were not able to complete more than 60 hours of credit, you can still apply to Empire College’s Juris Doctor or Master of Legal Studies programs.


Recommended College Coursework

While there is no particular pre-law curriculum required, certain courses may be helpful. Classes in English composition, history, sociology, and political science are all recommended. Concentrating on courses which are intellectually challenging and include reading and writing will provide a good foundation for legal studies.


Apply to Empire College School of Law

With those 60 credits earned, it’s time to get started. Fill out the Empire College School of Law application and plan to take the LSAT. All Juris Doctor students must take the Law School Admissions Test within four months of entry into Empire College School of Law, but the test is optional for MLS students.


Lower Your Overall Student Debt

There are many great reasons to pursue law school even if you have not completed your baccalaureate degree, and the financial benefits rank among the best advantages. Imagine cutting your college expenses in half. Earning an associate degree or 60 hours of credit typically takes two years instead of the four that a bachelor’s degree takes. That is a 50% savings.


Enter Your Career Sooner

Another top reason to apply to law school before earning a BS or BA is to save time. It often takes students seven to nine years to enter their legal careers after high school graduation, and that is a lot of time spent not earning, not growing a practice, or not making an impression on the legal field. If you can reduce your education time by even one year, it’s worth it, and applying to law school with an AS, AA, or 60 credits likely saves two entire years.


How to Apply to Law School without a Bachelor’s Degree

At Empire College School of Law, we want to help students develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for their legal careers. Our students apply legal theory; they don’t just memorize it. If you are a student with an associate degree or 60 credits toward a baccalaureate, apply now.

Angela Emerick, Esq.

(Class of 2015)

"Being born in Australia and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2009, I understand the process and honor of becoming an American citizen and am proud to help those in their quest to become citizens and better their lives."

Daryl Reese, Esq.

(Class of 2014)

"I decided to enroll in Law School when I was 50 years old having enjoyed a full career in the nonprofit sector. Now I have a robust business and nonprofit law practice serving clients throughout the State of California and I am loving it. I could never have made that kind of career transition if it had not been for Empire Law School. The opportunity to take evening courses and at a cost far less than other law schools, and to do so in my own community made my career shift affordable, enjoyable, and attainable."

Orchid Vaghti, Esq.

(Class of 2010)

"There are not that many new lawyers who have the experience to go to trial. They would not be ready for it. Seeing the practical points of the legal process through her Empire education gave Orchid an advantage."
- L. Stephen Turer, Esq.