Pre-Law Recommendations

Please note that this information is not intended to preclude completion of other courses that may be offered on an irregular basis, such as selected topics courses, nor does it imply that completion of these courses alone will satisfy the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree requirements for graduation. The Political Science Department recommends the following courses within the structure of the University Core Curriculum, and the college and department requirements:

Courses Recommended for Pre-Law Students

The following courses should benefit the pre-law student in one or more of these ways. They prepare the student to be better at the formal study of law; they increase the student capacity to perform better at the Law School Aptitude Test; and many are useful to the future lawyer in the practice of law.

The following courses should benefit the pre-law student in one or more of these ways

They prepare the student to be better at the formal study of law; they increase the student capacity to perform better at the Law School Aptitude Test; and many are useful to the future lawyer in the practice of law.

Strongly Recommended

  • POLS 3356 Intro.To Constitutional Law 
  • POLS 3357 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 
  • COMM 1331 Fund. Of Public Speaking
  • COMM 3337 Argumentation and Debate
  • ENGL 3340 Advanced Composition 
  • HIST 4395 English Law, State and Society
  • HIST 4302 American Constitutional History
  • SOC 3313 Criminology 
  • PHIL 1321 Logic I 
  • PHIL 3375 Law, Society and Morality
  • ACCT 2332 Accounting Prin I - Managerial

And one of the following

  • POLS 3354 Law And Society
  • POLS 3355 Judicial Process
  • POLS 3358 Judicial Behavior

Recommended

  • COMM 3337 Argumentation and Debate
  • COMM 3339 Advanced Public Speaking
  • ECON 2304 Microeconomics Principal
  • SOC 3311 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 3312 Sociology of Deviance
  • PHIL 2310 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2321 Logic II
  • POLS 3349 American Political Thought
  • POLS 3365 Legislative Processes
  • POLS 3370 State Government Politics
  • POLS 3371 Introduction to Urban Politics
  • POLS 3377 Politics of Property
  • POLS 3378 Political Economy
  • PSYC 2380 Intro to Social Psychology

In addition to these recommended courses, the college of Social Sciences offers counseling on such subjects as how to prepare for the Law School Aptitude Test; the process of selecting the law school suited best to the student’s personal desires and credentials; and the procedure for applying to law school. Up-to-date information is also provided on the various career opportunities and general employment prospects within the legal field.

For law school advice, please see Professor Robert A. Carp .Pre-Law Advisor, Room 402 Hoffman Hall(PGH), or call for an appointment at (713) 743-4008.