Program Features

The greatest advantage Xavier offers to the prospective law student is a robust core of liberal arts courses. Xavier students, regardless of the major they choose, take courses from many different areas including the humanities, literature, foreign language, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science and theology.

These courses combined with the field of study and free electives provide a strong background that makes the Xavier graduate attractive to law schools throughout the United States.


First Year
  • Explore law careers
  • Get course scheduling advice from your pre-law advisor
  • Join the Xavier Mock Trial Club

Sophomore Year
  • Research admittance requirements for law schools
  • Plan your LSAT preparation schedule
  • Connect with your pre-law mentor

Junior Year
  • Take the LSAT
  • Submit law school applications

Senior Year
  • Decide which school to attend


St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society

Pre-law students are strongly urged to join the St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society. This group meets several times a year to discuss the law school application process and careers in the legal profession.

Participation in clubs and organizations is also a learning experience. Xavier has over 90 additional clubs and activities such as publications, student government, theater and intramural sports.

All Xavier Clubs


97% of students from Xavier's College of Arts and Science programs are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Registered Nurse, 2nd Lieutenant, Social Worker, Advocacy and Community Outreach, Coordinator, Chemical Safety & Regulatory Specialist, Content Coordinator, Police Officer

Top Companies: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, Mercy Health, Jewish Hospital, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Urban Servant Corps, GE Aviation

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Core Curriculum

Law schools value academic diversity and a broad liberal arts background in their students. Our core curriculum gives students a valuable foundation for all further education.

Core Details

Professional Mentorship

Students are matched with a mentor who is a practicing lawyer from a prestigious private or government law office in the greater Cincinnati area.

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Real Experience

Students have the opportunity to participate in our Mock Trial club and gain experience in regional and national competitions.

Pre-Law Major at Xavier University

Many different majors can lead to a successful career in law. There is no particular course of study that is a prerequisite for admission to law school. At Xavier, students are instilled with strong communications skills, verbal and written, as they are both essential to a successful future in law. Courses requiring writing, research, and analytical thinking subjected to rigorous faculty criticism are tools used in the pre-law program to take students beyond mere preparation, to give them a competitive advantage in the field. Students also receive a solid understanding of human institutions and values. Xavier utilizes courses in political science, history, social psychology and sociology help to develop this discipline.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."