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Pre-Law Emphasis

Earn an Associate of Art (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) University Parallel degree with an emphasis in Pre-Law at Motlow State Community College.

Pre-Law is for students who are interested in becoming a lawyer, paralegal, or pursuing a career in the legal field. Motlow offers a well-rounded education that instills excellent communications skills, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, an unwavering personal and professional ethic, as well as the ability to conduct focused research and present persuasive and accurate arguments.

Motlow’s Pre-Law concentration prepares students for a university bachelor’s degree followed by three years of law school. The courses provide you with a basic understanding of the intricacies of our judicial system.

This is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP). TTPs enable you to complete your degree at Motlow and then transfer to any Tennessee public and several Tennessee private, universities to complete your bachelor’s degree.

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With an advanced degree, you could make over $150k/year as an attorney.

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Career Opportunities with an Advanced Degree

  • Attorney ($45-160k/year)
  • Court Administrator ($12-16/hour)
  • Mediator ($37-59k/year)
  • Politician ($61-295/day)
  • Public Defender ($41-63k/year)
  • Judge ($79-190k/year)


A pre-law degree won’t limit you to pursuing a career as a lawyer; there are a wealth of job options that don’t require going to law school but will still have you working in the legal field. For example, you could help reduce the number of cases that are presented before a judge. This career path, known as arbitration, mediation, and conciliation, allows you to manage and facilitate disputes outside of court. 

Additionally, with a Pre-Law degree, you can work as a paralegal, performing legal research, overseeing communication, drafting official documents, and much more. Some paralegals specialize in a particular area of the law such as wills and estates, real estate, or criminal law. 

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