The liberal arts education and co-curricular activities available at Coe provide excellent preparation for students seeking to enter law school. Several members of Coe's faculty teach courses across many different disciplines, allowing an interested student the opportunity to explore a diverse and broad curriculum of law based courses.
Pre-Law students at Coe benefit from Coe's Writing Across the Curriculum program, which prepares our graduates for the rigorous writing expectations of law school. Students may also take advantage of the multiple internship opportunities available in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. Recent students have interned with laws firms, the federal public defender's office, and compliance offices of large corporations.
Students are free to design a course of study within their area of personal interest. As early as possible in their undergraduate years, students should coordinate a four-year academic program with the entrance requirements of the law schools in which they are interested. The college's pre-law advisor is available to help students select courses that provide the rigorous academic experience that will not only help students gain admission to law school but to also equip them with the analytical and communication skills (both written and verbal) necessary to successfully matriculate from some of the finest law schools in the country.
Coe College students have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years thanks to a new partnership with the University of Iowa College of Law.
The cooperative 3+3 program allows qualified undergraduates from Coe admission to the College of Law after the conclusion of their junior year. Credits earned during the first year of law school at Iowa, which would have been their senior year at Coe, will also apply to their undergraduate degrees. At the end of their fourth year of study, the students in the program will receive their bachelor's degrees along with their classmates from Coe, while also having a year of law school completed.
Under the innovative program, Coe students can earn their undergraduate and law degrees faster than the normal seven years, thereby saving a year of tuition and associated costs. As an additional benefit, program graduates will have a one-year head start on their law careers.
"We are excited and proud to have Coe College as a partner institution to launch our new 3+3 program," said Gail Agrawal, dean of the University of Iowa College of Law. "From our experience with Coe graduates who have successfully completed our program over the years, we know they are well prepared to excel in law school."
Louie J. and Ella Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Business Administration David Hayes, a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, serves as Coe's pre-law student advisor. Hayes says the program enhances the long-standing relationship between the college and the law school.
"As both a graduate of Coe and the University of Iowa College of Law, I am pleased the two institutions were able to creatively seek a new avenue that will help students acquire a first-class education for less time and expense," said Hayes. "Scores of Coe alumni have continued their education at the Iowa College of Law, and this step enhances that relationship."
Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading law and professional schools. In recent years, Coe grads have been accepted at law schools such as the University of Iowa, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, New York University, and Washington University.
Scott DeAngelis graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Mathematics. Scott completed an internship with Chicago-based Futures Commission Merchant, Eagle Market Makers during his time at Coe and attends Vanderbilt University Law School.
"Through the help of the Pre-Law program I learned how to go about studying for the LSAT, obtain the information needed to send in to apply and write a quality personal statement."
Words of Wisdom: "Study hard for the LSAT. Take the LSAT and finish applications as early as possible."
Ethan Olson graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, triple majoring in Political Science, English and Philosophy. Ethan attends the University of Iowa College of
"The fact that there is no rigid structure to the Pre-Law program at Coe is really great. It allows you to explore your own interests while still preparing you for law school. It's nice that students are encouraged to take a wide variety of courses through the Pre-Law program; it's something that is beneficial not just for law school but also as part of the liberal arts experience."
Words of Wisdom: "It's never too early to start thinking about law school. Even as a First-Year you can go to the law school visits or go to law school fairs. Start thinking about what you love about Coe that you would like to see in a law school and then go out and look for a school that has that."
Sean Raisch graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Business Administration and Political Science with a minor in Economics. Sean attends Drake Law School and plans to work in the field of law, specializing in contracts.
"The Pre-Law program opened my eyes to the availability of graduate programs after Coe. Through communication with Professor Hayes I was able to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and also be steered in the best direction to get me where I wanted to go. Prof. Hayes really helped me to realize my dream of getting into Law School but also helped me by providing a good legal knowledge base for when I begin Law School in the fall."
Words of Wisdom: "Listen to everything Prof. Hayes has to say, he really knows what he is talking about and will bend over backwards to help you if you ask him to. Don't be afraid to meet with a professor in their office before or after class, at Coe, professors are generally very happy and excited to help their students succeed."
Holly (Grieder) Corkery graduated in 2009, double majoring in history and economics. She went on to study law at the University of Iowa and graduated in 2012. She has practiced at Lynch Dallas, P.C. in Cedar Rapids since 2012, where she maintains a general litigation practice.
"The faculty at Coe are really exceptional. Not only are they experts in their fields, but they truly care about Coe students and take the time to get to know them. My professors wanted to see me grow and succeed both professionally and personally. Specific to my legal career, my academic experience at Coe helped refine my critical reading and writing skills. Those skills were essential to my success in law school and I continue to utilize them each day. Coe is a special place and I am always proud to call myself a Coe graduate." - Holly (Grieder) Corkery '09
In addition to the many academic opportunities, students receive further support and experience through participation in Law Club, a organization of students who are interested in law as a field of study or potential career. The Law Club is designed to help students learn about law school and the prepare for the admissions process, alternative job paths for lawyers seeking to promote and sustain social justice issues, and other law based activities. Law Club brings to Coe's campus several law school admission officials to provide our students with direct exposure to recruiters that can give insider information about how to best position them for law school admission.
Coe offers students interested attending law school great preparation academically through the variety of rigorous academic programs it offers. Students also have opportunities available to them to nurture their passion for the law through internships and the Pre-Law Club. Having two Pre-Law advisors with different backgrounds allows Coe students to hear different perspectives on law school preparation, law school itself, and the practice of law in the real world. Coe's proximity to a top-tier law school in the University of Iowa College of Law creates a unique opportunity for students as they can easily attend conferences and events held at the College of Law.