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.

One of the things that I appreciate about going to Empire College was that the training was so hands-on.

Yesenia Avalos

Medical Assistant Coordinator, West County Health Centers
Empire Law School provided the instruction, guidance, and motivation that I needed to pass the California State Bar Examination on the first try, despite the rigors of managing a full-time career and family commitments in parallel. I would absolutely recommend Empire Law School to anyone looking for relevant and masterful instruction in the subjects of law.

Chris Van Nuys

Operations Manager, LEMO USA, Inc. (Class of 2019)

By assisting clients at the Self-Help Access Center, students learn about law, human nature, society and challenges people face on a daily basis.

Michelle Brown

Empire Law Graduate

Empire is perfect for individuals seeking a practical, cost-effective legal education taught by committed practitioners. Empire enabled me to grow and learn through experiences with the Superior Court’s Office and the District Attorney’s office as a student and then launch into a rewarding career serving as General Counsel for American Home Shield >Corporation, The ServiceMaster Franchise Group, Graham Packaging Company, and currently, Evergreen Packaging.

Mark Lightfoot

General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging

Walking across the graduation stage already employed with a full-time job was very gratifying.

Nancy Clark

Paralegal, Galanti & Copenhaver, Inc.

I had a lot of friends go through Empire who had a great experience. If you want a solid IT foundation to get out in the workforce, it’s the place to be.

Blake Buchanan

Service Desk Analyst, Davita Medical Group