Central College Academics

The verdict is in—pre-law advisors, law school admission directors, the American Bar Association, American Association of Law Schools and attorneys strongly agree that a well-rounded liberal arts education is the best preparation for the rigorous and demanding study and practice of law.

Central’s pre-law program is an advising-based program. Students, with their academic advisor, choose courses that maximize their skills and academic record prior to applying for law school. Central students are successful on the LSAT and in securing acceptance into law school with the assistance of an on-campus pre-law advisor, internship coordinator and academic advisors to ensure that you choose challenging courses designed to prepare you to write well and think logically— skills that law students and attorneys use to analyze complex and sometimes conflicting cases and statutes, while expressing their legal reasoning with clarity, logic and precision.

Grads are accepted at law schools in Iowa, the upper midwest and around the country
Alumni with law degrees have practiced in criminal prosecution and defense, estate planning, legislative advocacy and family law
Central is one of the founding members of the American Mock Trial Association

The Central Difference

Grad School Preparation

Our pre-law program is designed to position you for a successful experience in law school. Your pre-law advisor can provide strategic advice about choosing courses to prepare for law school, LSAT preparation and program options during the law school application process.

Pitching in to Solve Climate Change

From the halls of congress to a pitching mound in Florida, Zach Greder ’19 learned lessons that will shape an environmental law career.

Pre-Professional Opportunities

Central’s pre-law advisor can help arrange experiential opportunities such as legal internships with local or Des Moines-based law firms, as well as experience on the mock trial team. Central College is one of the founding members of the American Mock Trial Association and has qualified for the national mock trial tournament numerous times, including most recently in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • State Public Defender, State of Iowa, Des Moines
  • Legislative liaison for Governor Terry Branstad, Des Moines
  • Attorney, Ahlers & Cooney, PC, Des Moines
  • Attorney, Cooper, Goedicke, Reimer and Reese Law Firm, P.C., West Des Moines
  • Paralegal, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Attorney, Brubaker, Flynn & Darland, P.C., Davenport

Parras Konrad Named Iowan of the Week

Sonia Parras Konrad, a former Central College international student, has been named Iowan of the Week.


  • Mock Trial Team

No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.

Graduate Placement

Central graduates have been accepted into law schools at college and universities across the United States.


  • BrownWinick, Des Moines
  • Akerman Senterfitt, Washington, D.C.
  • Intern with federal district court judge, Des Moines
  • Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Des Moines
  • Marion County Attorney’s Office, Knoxville
Central College student

Courses & Faculty

Students may major in any area that fits with personal and professional life goals. The American Bar Association Committee on Pre-Law Education and Iowa law schools recommend that you consider key skill areas when choosing courses such as writing, analytical reasoning, logical thinking and problem-solving, critical reading, oral communication and research and information literacy. Those interested in law should value serving faithfully the interests of others while promoting justice as well as have a healthy respect for history.

Regardless of major choice, students are strongly advised to successfully complete general logic during the sophomore or junior year and upper-division research and writing intensive course(s) during the sophomore through senior years.

Meet the Faculty

  • Andrew Green, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Political Science


Learn More

Want to find out more about Pre-Law at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

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