Pre-Law Curriculum Recommendations
While the American Bar Association does not endorse any specific undergraduate major or curriculum for a pre-law degree, law schools expect successful applicants to display a high level of proficiency in core skills like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking,and research. As you earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll want to take courses that help you to develop these skills — and build a transcript that showcases your experience in those areas.
As you work with your Pre-Law advisor to develop a plan for your undergraduate curriculum, some of the courses you'll take may include:
- PHL 222: Critical Thinking
- BUS 260: Legal Environment of Business
- WRT 305: Rhetorical Theory
- CM 327: Persuasion
- PS 327: Environmental Law
- PS 317: Principles of Law
- CCJ 336: Judicial Process
- PS 357: Health Law and Policy
- PS 371/HIS 371: American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Government
- PS 372/HIS 372: American Constitutionalism II: Civil Rights and Liberties
- MGT 420: Employment Law
- SPM 425: Legal Aspects of Sport
Minor in Legal Studies
The Legal Studies minor is designed for students who are interested in understanding the role of law in society. This minor program provides a solid foundation for those preparing for careers in law, and is an excellent option for students who wish to continue their graduate education in law school or a related field.
To fulfill the requirements of the Legal Studies minor, you must take 18 credits, including one core course (PS 317: Principles of Law) and five elective courses. A full list of requirements is available in your Academic Catalog.
Join the Pre-Law Studies Advising Program
Students who are interested in Pre-Law Studies should submit their information to the Pre-Law Interest Group. This group ensures that students with a Pre-Law focus receive important updates about workshops, events, services, and resources available to assist you with the law school application process.
Complete the Pre-Law Interest Survey and subscribe to Pre-Law news and updates.