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Prep for Law School

Your First Choice

Law school admission committees look with favor upon almost any undergraduate degree program that interests the student and challenges them to think critically, learn independently, research thoroughly and accurately, and understand basic aspects of the human experience. To ensure the broad liberal arts education preferred by most law school admissions committees, four departments in the College of Liberal Arts have planned degree programs to include specific courses recommended by the College of Liberal Arts as a core curriculum for law school preparation. The departments, followed by the curricula especially recommended for pre-law students, are as follows:

DepartmentDegree Program
HistoryHistory, Liberal Studies
English and Foreign LanguagesEnglish
Social SciencesPolitical Science
Mass CommunicationMass Communication

Based upon general recommendations of the Law School Admissions Council, the following list of courses is recommended by the College of Liberal Arts as a core curriculum for pre-law preparation:

Freshman LevelSophomore LevelJunior-Senior Level
ENGL 101, 102 (6 credit hours)Computer Literacy (3 credit hours)SOCL 201 (3 credit hours)
HIST 101, 102 (6 credit hours)ECON 203, 204 (6 credit hours)PHIL 102 (3 credit hours)
Foreign Language (6 credit hours)ENGL 201, 202 (6 credit hours)ENGL 351 (3 credit hours)
MATH 113, 231 (6 credit hours)Foreign Language (6 credit hours)ENGL 361 (3 credit hours)
COMM 201 (3 credit hours)HIST 201, 202 (6 credit hours)
POLS 201 (3 credit hours)
PHIL Elective (3 credit hours)

Recommended electives for students preparing for law school: ACCT 208, COMM 408, POLS 320, and POLS 410

Students preparing for law school are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in the major field, to take advantage of the expertise of the pre-law advisor in the Department of Social Sciences, and to take part in the Pre-law and Politics Society.

Students should keep in mind that the decisions of law school admission committees are based on a number of factors, including undergraduate grade point average, quantity and quality of coursework undertaken, performance on the Law School Admission Test, the recommendations of faculty members and others, and the applicant’s motives for seeking a career in law.