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Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Law
Advisor: Daniel Ringrose

Adequate preparation for entrance into an accredited law school requires a bachelor’s degree. No specific college major is required for admission to an American school of law. The Association of American Law School’s ‘’Statement of Association Policy on Pre-Legal Education’’ states that an appropriate pre-law education develops: (l) comprehension and expression in words; (2) critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals; and (3) creative power in thinking. Therefore, the pre law program takes the form of recommended course in various disciplines and an advising service to help the student shape his/her program to meet specific interests. Advising is also available to aid in preparation for the LSAT and in the selection of a law school. The prelaw student should select a major field of study to demonstrate a mastery of a specific area. Traditionally, pre-law students have majored in the social science fields of economics, history, political science, or sociology. Non-social science disciplines such as criminal justice may also be selected as the major field of study. Selection of a major should be determined by the student’s interests and career plans.

Non-degree advising: Pre-Law
First-Year Student (Freshman)
  Fall
    ENGL 110 College Composition I (GE1)..............3 cr
    History (GE2).....................................3 cr
    Lab Science (GE6).................................4 cr
    Electives.........................................6 cr
    .................................................16 cr
  Spring
    COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (GE1)....3 cr
    Humanities (GE3)..................................3 cr
    Social Science (GE7)..............................3 cr
    Electives.........................................6 cr
    ................................................ 15 cr

Sophomore
  Fall
    ENGL 120 College Composition II (GE1).............3 cr
    Humanities (GE3)..................................3 cr
    Lab Science (GE6).................................4 cr
    Electives.........................................6 cr
    .................................................16 cr
  Spring
    Math (GE5)........................................4 cr
    Wellness (GE4)....................................2 cr
    Social Science (GE7)..............................3 cr
    Electives.........................................9 cr
    .................................................17 cr

Junior
  Fall
    Electives*.......................................16 cr
  Spring
    Electives*.......................................16 cr

Senior
  Fall
    Electives*.......................................16 cr
  Spring
    Electives*.......................................16 cr

    ............................................... 128 cr

* For the first two years, the pre-law student is advised to take as many General Education credits as possible. In addition to fulfilling General Education requirements, this broad exposure will allow the student to discover what he or she finds interesting and does well in. Then the student should choose a major, minor and an area of concentration which can be completed in the junior and senior years. The major, minor and concentration courses should hone the intellectual skills that will be required for success in law school. In short, any major, minor and concentration that enables the student to develop communication and critical thinking skills will constitute an

These four-year matrices are possible with commitment, focus and optimal conditions.