Philosophy, B.A. Prelaw Concentration



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The Philosophy major strengthens logical reasoning, critical thinking, analytical skills, and ethical reasoning; it also heightens moral awareness. A Pre-Law concentration within the program provides a strong preparation for law school covering a broad range of skills and knowledge that are of fundamental importance in the field of law. This concentration can be completed fully online. 


  • The Pre-Law concentration provides a strong preparation for law school covering a broad range of skills and knowledge that are of fundamental importance in the field of law. 
  • A Philosophy degree has long been recognized as excellent preparation for law school. Studies show that Philosophy majors perform exceedingly well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  
  • The Pre-Law Concentration in Philosophy has been reviewed and strongly endorsed by distinguished law professors at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Boston University. 
  • Courses are offered in areas that provide solid preparation for law school such as Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Logic, Epistemology, and Ethics. 
  • The Pre-Law Concentration in Philosophy is available through both on campus courses and wholly online for online degree students. 
  • Faculty members regularly win teaching and research awards and are published in high-ranking journals and by renowned publishers.


  • Dr. Insa Lawler regularly offers sessions to talk about LSAT’s Analytical Reasoning section and its Logical Reasoning section. She is also available for questions about these sections throughout the academic year ( 
  • Students learn about a broad range of philosophical topics. They can take courses in traditional areas, such as ethics, logic, and metaphysics, as well as in more specialized areas, such as a variety of applied ethics courses, philosophy of the arts, and philosophy of mind. 
  • The program offers a variety of smaller upper-division courses, where majors can receive individual attention from recognized faculty. 
  • Courses may be taken online in addition to those in the traditional classroom setting.  
  • Sample graduation plan 
  • Students may complete Disciplinary Honors in Philosophy or join the NC Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, a national Honor Society. 
  • Students may participate in the philosophy club, the annual Ethics Bowl, The Great Conversation lecture series, and other departmental events.  
  • Financial assistance for travel to conferences or study abroad is available through the Wyatt Lee Martin Memorial Fund
  • Students can win the Roger Schwirck Award for Excellence in Philosophy, which comes with a large monetary prize.  
  • Visiting speakers present cutting-edge ideas in philosophy.


  • A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that the net financial return on a philosophy major is comparable to that of engineering and health majors (2017). Data from PayScale’s 2020-21 College Salary Report shows that people with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy have both a high starting salary compared to other humanities major, and a high increase between starting and mid-career salary. 
  • A degree in philosophy prepares students for any job that requires careful thinking and being able to question your assumptions, including careers in 
    • Law 
    • Writing, such as Journalism 
    • Business Administration, such Human Resources 
    • Entrepreneurism  
    • Health Care 
    • Politics 
    • Academia and Research 
  • Completion of the program prepares students for law school, medical school, or graduate studies. 
  • Learn more about successful people with a philosophy degree and why to study philosophy here

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person,Online

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Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan
Pre-Law Concentration Advisor
Department of Philosophy