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Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day, Evening, Online
Pathway: Transfer Path
Career Cluster: Social Sciences
Program Locations:

About the Program

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.

Career Information

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.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Evaluate legal ethical issues.
  • Produce scenario or situation appropriate legal documents.
  • Analyze elements of a variety of legal causes of action


* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa