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Pre-Law

Through its programs in the liberal arts, the School of Arts & Sciences enables students to develop the analytical skills necessary to think critically and decisively, to discover principles which govern situations, and to apply these principles with subtlety and dexterity.

Courses are offered that specifically reflect the ethical dimensions of the legal profession — the importance of law in a free society, the moral analysis of situations with which the law must deal, and the moral and legal responsibilities of being an advocate for others. Courses are also available in philosophy, political science, women's studies and history which provide other important elements in preparation for law school — developing an understanding of law as part of the American political process and awareness of how the law fits into the framework of American society. More specifically, the following courses are recommended:

  • POS 280 Law and the Courts
  • POS 320 International Law
  • POS 355 Philosophy of Law
  • POS 100 Introduction to American Government
  • POS 350 Constitutional Law
  • BUS 325Z Business Law
  • Pre-law internship
  • Introductory mathematics course.

The Pre-Law Advisor, who maintains a collection of materials about the LSAT, various law schools, and careers in law, serves as a resource for information and advice. Students work closely with the advisor to plan courses and programs of study. Students interested in law should contact the Pre-Law Advisor no later than the spring of sophomore year.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.