Bachelor of Arts

Lawyers are critical to the protection and promotion of justice in our society. To become a great lawyer requires a passion for–and mastery of–a legal specialty and an uncanny ability to advocate for your clients’ best interests.

Program Overview

Make your dreams of becoming a lawyer your reality.

The Pre-Law emphasis will prepare you for law school through coursework, advising and an abundance of opportunities beyond the classroom. To ensure that you are ready for the LSAT and law school admission, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with Professor Brian Bernhardt, a Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) adviser. Western graduates have attended law school at the University of Denver, University of Colorado Boulder, American University and Willamette University–among others. After law school, you’ll have the skills and experience to pursue a rewarding career as an environmental lawyer, state legislator, corporate lobbyist and more.

Taking the next step

Western’s Pre-Law program prepares aspiring lawyers for the requisites and demands of law school.


At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Code Title Credits Description
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 View
ACC 350 Income Tax 3 View
BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business 3 View
BUAD 315 Business Law 3 View
COM 371 Small Group and Conflict Management 3 View
COM 372 Issues Management 3 View
ECON 201 Macroeconomics (GT-SS1) 3 View
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3 View
ECON 476 American Economic Development 3 View
ENG 237 Women and Literature 3 View
ENG 238 Literary Culture of the American West 3 View
ENG 255 Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2) 3 View
HIST 333 American Revolution and the Early Republic 3 View
HIST 336 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction 3 View
HIST 340 Emergence of the Modern U.S 3 View
HIST 343 Depression and World War II 3 View
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3) 3 View
POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1) 3 View
POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1) 3 View
POLS 250 Politics of the Environment 3 View
POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1) 3 View
POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics (GT-SS1) 3 View
POLS 282 Issues in State and Local Government 3 View
POLS 300 Constitutional Law I 3 View
POLS 301 Constitutional Law II 3 View
POLS 309 Political Theory I- Ancient to Early Modern 3 View
POLS 310 Political Theory II-Modern and Contemporary 3 View
POLS 331 The Politics of the Presidency 3 View
POLS 340 Politics of Social Movements 3 View
POLS 350 Human Rights 3 View
POLS 355 The Global South 3 View
POLS 360 American Foreign Policy 3 View
POLS 370 Political Economy 3 View
POLS 376 American Political Thought 3 View
POLS 380 The United Nations 3 View
POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory: 3 View
POLS 487 Studies in International Relations: 3 View
POLS 499 Internship in Politics and Government 1-12 View
PSY 368 Psychopathology 3 View
SOC 259 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 View
SOC 349 Law Enforcement 3 View
SOC 367 Corrections 3 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.


Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Events: Global Justice Film Series, visiting speakers, political debates and voter registration.
  • Internships: Students intern with political candidates, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and legal professionals.
  • Mock Trial: Introduces students to real criminal or civil cases to prepare for trial after graduation.
  • Model United Nations: Competes in the National Model United Nations event in New York City.
  • Politics Club: A student-led club that tackles political topics, provides professional development opportunities and works to bring dynamic debate to campus.

Prepared for trial

Mock trial introduces students to real criminal or civil cases to prepare for trial after graduation.

News & Research

Western’s Mock Trial Team travels to Colorado Springs for competition

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Western’s Model UN travels to NYC, brings home three awards

Western’s Model UN travels to NYC, brings home three awards

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Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Administrative Assistant

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231