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Minor in Pre-Law

The minor in pre-law is designed to prepare students to succeed on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and in the law school application process. Although law schools will accept students with any major, they typically expect students to demonstrate strong reading, writing, and analytical skills in challenging coursework, as well as an interest in pursuing a career involving the law and the judicial system. As a result, the minor is designed to give students an understanding of the American legal system as well as foundational skills such as legal writing.

Curriculum for the Minor in Pre-Law (Credit: 18 hrs)

The Judicial System (Credit: 3 hours)

Take either of the following two equivalent courses:

CRJU 3315The American Judicial System

3 credits

POLS 4105/CRJU 3315The American Judiciary

3

Required Courses (Credit: 6 Hours)

Students must take the following courses:

PFWR 4050Legal Writing

3 Credits

POLS 4106American Constitutional Law I: Institutions and Processes

3

Civil Liberties and Rights (Credit: 3 hours)

Take either of the following two equivalent courses:

CRJU 3520Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3 credits

POLS 4107/CRJU 3520American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

3

Elective Courses (Credit: 6 hours)

Students must complete two of the courses from the following list:

AERO 2107Aviation Law and Insurance

3 credits

CRJU 2317Introduction to Criminal Law

3 credits

CRJU 3200Criminal Procedure & Evidence

3 credits

EURO 4130EU Law & Legal Systems

3 credits

HLSA 4410Health Law & Ethics

3 credits

HUMN 4340Introduction to Ethics

3 credits

PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

POLS 3103Politics of the Presidency

3 credits

POLS 3104The American Congress

3 credits

Students should select these electives in consultation with the pre-law advisor.

Although there are no required minimum grades or GPA for completion of the pre-law minor, students are advised that admission to most law schools is highly competitive and having good grades in coursework is essential to a successful law school application.