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English - Prelaw, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Athens, OH, United States
Although any major in English literature or rhetoric is an excellent preparation for law school, the English - Prelaw major at Ohio University brings together the most relevant skills and contexts for a legal career.
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A rigorous survey of Anglo-American literary history gives students familiarity with the historical culture and linguistic environment in which our laws were formed; the study of rhetoric offers students ways to understand how language changes our perceptions and makes things happen; and the analytic demands and extensive writing practice of the English Department’s small-enrollment courses sharpen essential intellectual tools.

The English - Prelaw major is also flexible enough to match students’ other interests. Students can fulfill up to 9 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in rhetoric or visual texts, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Like all majors in the English Department, the English – Prelaw major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of English – Prelaw at Ohio University usually go to law school, both in-state and around the nation. Your opportunities are not, however, limited to that. With strong skills in critical analysis as well as writing and solid training in literary history, English – Prelaw graduates also have the same variety of potential employment or graduate school tracks that other English program graduates enjoy


Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Shakespeare
  • Topics in Shakespeare
  • English Literature to 1500
  • English Literature: 1500-1660
  • English Literature: 1660-1800
  • American Literature to 1865
  • English Literature: 1800-1900
  • English Literature: 1900 to Present
  • American Literature: 1865-1918
  • American Literature: 1918 to Present

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application form
  • $70 international application processing fee
  • Official academic records
  • Evidence of sufficient funding
  • Statement of activities.
  • Exams for scholarship consideration
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12612 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 1079 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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