Pre-Law, A.A.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The legal profession is both fascinating and rewarding, and if this challenging field interests you, consider Iowa Western’s Pre-Law program of study. You’ll embark on a broad liberal arts journey that will prepare you for both law and business. This program, which awards graduates with an Associate of Arts degree, is designed for transfer to a four-year university for completion of undergraduate requirements.

There aren’t many community colleges that offer a pre-law program similar to Iowa Western’s. Our students gain valuable experience while conducting research in the same law libraries used in the legal profession.

Iowa Western instructors will show you how to analyze information and persuade a jury. You’ll gain a better understanding of people, government, business, society, and human nature. Mock trials and “Law Day” activities will also help you hone your skills during this program.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion

What will you do

The Pre-Law program is designed for students intending to transfer on to pursue acceptance into law school. In order to become a lawyer, students need to first complete a bachelor’s degree and then complete three years of law school. Lawyers conduct criminal and civil lawsuits, prepare legal documents, advise clients on legal rights, and practice other phases of law. They may also represent clients in court or before administrative agencies of government. In addition, many people specialize in a single area of law, such as constitutional law, corporate law, or criminal law. Salaries of experienced attorneys vary widely according to the type, size, and location of their employer, but lawyers who own their own practices usually earn less than those who are partners in law firms.


This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion.

Career Examples

  • Litigation Attorneys
  •  Corporate Attorneys
  •  General Counsels
  •  Legal Counsels
  •  Attorneys
  •  Staff Attorneys
  •  Corporate Counsels
  • Estate Planning Attorneys

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
POL 111 - American National Government 1 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 185 - Business Law I 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics/Science Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Second Semester

    ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
    POL 201 - The U.S. Constitution 1 3.0 Credit(s)
  • A.A. Mathematics Requirement (MAT 121-MAT 227) 3.0-4.0 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 8.0-9.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 17.0-19.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    CRJ 130 - Criminal Law 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Literature Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    PRL 161 - Family Law 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    PRL 115 - Legal Research and Writing 1 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Philosophy Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Lab Science Requirement 4.0 Credit(s)
  • Semester Total: 17.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
    1 Required courses for the program


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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Use digital editing software to produce professional quality materials.
    • Write in a variety of styles for use in the media.
    • Create a post-graduation packet including a resume, cover letter, demo, and web/social media components.
    • Demonstrate vocal performance ability.
    • Use studio and field production equipment to produce video stories.
    • Analyze the significance of mass media and its role in society.

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