While the ABA does not require any particular course or course of study in preparation for law school, the courses in the Pre-Law minor provide students with substantive legal knowledge and will hone the skills that are critical for law school admission and success. Our rigorous, yet flexible, Pre-Law minor establishes intent/interest in a legal career and demonstrates academic ability in rigorous coursework. In addition to the the study of the American legal system, courses in the minor emphasize reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing proficiency.
The Pre-Law minor provides valuable preparation for law school with coursework that fosters the skills necessary for law school success. As a pre-law student, you may major in any discipline. The Pre-Law minor offers a structured bundling of courses in preparation for law school.
Pre-Law Studies Highlights
The courses in the Pre-Law minor will help you develop:
- The ability to solve problems creatively
- Exceptional oral and writing skills, and the ability to advocate a particular point of view
- The ability to critically analyze documents and arguments
- The ability to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas
- You are provided with Pre-Law advising and support from History & Political Science faculty.
- You can be an active member of the Pre-Law Student Association.
- You can participate in the Annual Moot Court Experience.
- You can select from a variety of challenging courses that build your writing and oral presentation skills.
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• Smaller class sizes and a more personalized educational experience.
• Classes taught overwhelmingly by full-time faculty who have the opportunity to identify and observe student strengths, to provide individualized guidance, and to write meaningful letters of recommendation upon your graduation and application to law school.
• A broad range of majors (and minors) from which to choose, paired with a liberal-arts based core curriculum, providing the broad training and critical thinking skills valued by law schools.
• Multiple pathways for enhancing your law school application portfolio, including internship and study-abroad programs, a first-rate athletics program, student governance and leadership opportunities, an honors programs, and a range of student organizations.
• A campus environment that is welcoming to all students, where you will be supported but also challenged as you expand your educational horizons.
Requirements: (18 – 19 credits)
- PSC230 U.S. Judicial Process (3)
- PSC305 American Constitutional Law (3)
- CMP301 Professional Writing (3)
- PAR301 Legal Research and Writing (3) – provided that the student has already declared the Pre-Law minor.
Select 9 credits from at least two of the areas below and courses indicated
NOTE: Some of the courses have prerequisites so students should plan accordingly and consult the Search for Schedules option on WebAdvisor to view course offerings and prerequisites.
HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, AND LAW
- BA221 The Environment and the Law (3)
- PHI322 Philosophy of Law (3)
- PSC117 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
- PSC223 Political and Civil Rights in the U.S. (3)
ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- BA211 Effective Business Communications (3)
- CA205 Oral and Visual Communication (3)
- CA221 Human Communication (3)
- PSC350 Political Argumentation and Debate (3)
- PSY304 Counseling and Interviewing (3)
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
- HSM302 Health and Administrative Law (3)
- PSY210 Social Psychology (3)
- PSY219 The Psychology of Mental Illness (3)
- PSY306 Forensic Psychology (3)
- SOC243 Child Welfare Policy & Services (3)
THE BUSINESS WORLD
- BA210 Legal Environment of Business (3)
- BA350 Business Law I (3)
- BA351 Business Law II (3)
- BA405 Legal Issues in Sport Management (3)
- BA420 Legal Aspects of International Transactions (3)
- ECO/FIN409 Money and Banking (3)
- FIN325 Corporate Finance (3)