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.

Diane Aqui, Esq.

(Class of 2001)
Empire College gave me the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctorate while still working full time in my “first” career as an engineer. The professors are all practicing attorneys and judges and it is clear that they love what they do---guiding, teaching and mentoring a new group of potential lawyers, who one day will be their peers and practice alongside them in the legal community. I think one of my favorite cases since I graduated in 2001 was against a former Empire professor and I walked away with a win!

Andrew Conway, Esq.

(Class of 2014)
I decided to go to law school after interning for the Diversion program for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office while I was in college. Empire provided me with friends who became colleagues, and Professors who became the Judges I appear in front of today. I have always wanted to work with the law and youth and I now manage a Dependency contract for Mendocino County, which has become my dream career as I get to do the exact job I wanted when I decided to go to law school. I definitely have my dream job thanks to Empire and their exceptional professors.

James V. Sansone, Esq.

(Class of 2006)
I picked Empire College because I had to juggle between family obligations and a fulltime job. Empire was the only option that allowed me to effectively manage my work and family obligations and still pursue a law degree. Thanks to Empire, I was able to pass the bar exam on my first try and begin a new, exciting, and lucrative legal career that I love.