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 courses with an asterisk are on the Laws Values and Policy minor.

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 3356 Intro. to Constitutional Law
  • *POLS 3357 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
  • *SOC 3313 Criminology
  • *PHIL 1321 Logic I
  • *PHIL 3375 Law, Society and Morality
  • *ENGL 3340 Advanced Composition
  • PSYC 3334 Psychology and Law
  • COMM1331 Fund. of Public Speaking or
  • ACCT 2331 Accounting Prin I - Financial
  • ACCT 2332 Accounting Prin II – Managerial

And one of the following

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

Recommended

  • SOC 3312 Sociology of Deviance
  • *PSYC 2380 Intro. to Social Psychology
  • *POLS 3349 American Political Thought
  • POLS 3365 Legislative Processes
  • POLS 3370 State Government and Politics
  • POLS 3371 Introduction to Urban Politics
  • POLS 4397 Criminal Law
  • POLS 4397 Family Tort and Civil Law
  • *POLS 3350 Public Law and Political Theory Selected Topics
  • *PHIL 2321 Logic II
  • *PHIL 3350 Ethics
  • *PHIL 3357 Punishment
  • ECON 2304 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECON 2305 Macroeconomic Principles
  • COMM 3339 Advanced Public Speaking
  • ENGL 4322 Grammar Usage
  • ENGL 3341 Business and Professional Writing
  • TELS 2360 Business Law

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.