North Central College - Naperville, IL

Pre-Law

We know what law schools and the American Bar Association (ABA) look for—and it’s not a pre-law curriculum. We offer what the ABA recommends: a rigorous course of study, no matter what your major, with supportive professors. Rest assured you’ll find plenty of opportunities to pursue your legal interests outside the classroom to make your law school application stand out from the rest. Intern at our Dispute Resolution Center, serve as an editor of the Illinois State Bar Association’s ADR newsletter, join our Mock Trial team—the possibilities are endless. And when it’s time to think about law school, we’ll walk you through the preparation and application process from beginning to end.

You can also:

  • Complete a minor in conflict resolution, leadership or social change and public policy through our Leadership, Ethics and Values program (LEV). 
  • Join our Mock Trial team or our nationally ranked speech and debate team.
  • Gain valuable experience by interning in North Central’s Dispute Resolution Center, which provides mediation and consulting services to students through its Peer Mediation Program.
  • Apply for membership in the national Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes exemplary leadership in and out of the classroom.
  • Develop your personal and professional leadership skills through LEV’s iLEAD  or Distinguished Leaders program.
  • Apply for a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund original research anywhere, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Present the findings of your research at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

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North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.
Kerby Kniss
Kerby Kniss was awarded the Outstanding Major in Political Science Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

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Internships

Recent internships in law include:

  • Law clerk, Keough and Moody P.C., Naperville
  • Intern, law offices of Jeffrey Knuckles, Naperville
  • Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Geneva, IL

Law Schools

Recent graduates have been accepted at:

  • Chicago-Kent Law School
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Northwestern School of Law
  • Loyola University School of Law

Careers

  • Private attorney
  • Business owner
  • United States Military JAG Corps
Political Science, Speech Communication minor

Cody Follis is a political science major and speech communication minor who wants to pursue law school—with the ultimate goal of holding political office. A transfer student from Lincoln College, Follis earned a scholarship to study pre-law at North Central.

To achieve his goal of entering politics, Cody has competed on the College’s renowned Forensics team. He earned the title of National Semi-Finalist (top 12 in the nation) in an event called After Dinner Speaking. “I enjoy my time on the team immensely—through participation and competition I have made friends who I hope to keep the rest of my life,” he says. “It has helped me further hone my speaking skills for my future career and the coaches...

Political Science, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management major

For John, the best part about North Central’s pre-law curriculum is the freedom it provides.

“Students can pick any area of study and still be eligible for admittance to law school,” he says. “I majored in political science and business management because of the cross-disciplinary benefits they provide. Political science has challenged me to develop critical and analytic thinking skills and it’s enhanced my writing. Business management has helped me with my decision-making skills and given me the technical know-how to successfully run and operate a business.”

North Central students can...

Law / Pre-law

Kerby has made it her mission to defend those who can’t fight for themselves.

“Someday I want to be a lawyer who takes unjust laws and remolds them to help people whose rights are being violated,” she says.

Kerby has dedicated her time to preparing for the courtroom. She has interned at two law firms, including a competitive internship studying fair housing at the prestigious John Marshall Law School. She also meets with a group of students to study for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), connect with local legal professionals and visit law schools.

Kerby plans to pursue a law degree, aided by the networking she established at North Central College.

“If it wasn’t for North Central...

Sociology, Human Resource Management

Whitney plans to practice family, adoption or immigration law. “I want to help make peoples’ lives better, and it was North Central that helped me discover this passion.”

Her pre-law studies helped her “write, speak and think like a lawyer,” she says. And experiences such as tutoring at the Writing Center, giving oral presentations, conducting peer mediation training, and working as a co-editor of the Illinois State Bar Association newsletter were all part of her preparation. Her involvement in service projects uncovered her passion to advocate for others.

Two internships gave her real-world experiences in courtrooms and attorney’s offices. One involved working in a county prosecutor’s office with...