Aug 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Law Minor


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The Pre-Law Minor is an interdisciplinary law minor for students who are interested in attending law school, who plan on pursuing legal related careers, or who want to learn more about different areas of the law that may be relevant to their professional careers or to legal areas they are likely to encounter in their personal lives. The minor provides students with exposure to substantive law courses and topics. For those students interested in attending law school, the courses in the minor will help confirm their interest in pursuing a legal career, enhance the critical thinking, analytical, and other skills students will need to be successful in law school, provide insight into how lawyers think and analyze legal issues, expose students to the Socratic method and to the unique way of studying the law used in law school, and also provide students with sufficient knowledge and background in the law to be competitive in law school. For students not planning on law school, the minor will provide them with practical information and exposure to the legal system and to the legal issues and topics that will be useful in their careers and personal lives.

The Pre-Law minor requires a minimum of five courses: two required courses, three electives, and an experiential component. The two required courses are an introductory course in the law and a constitutional law course that will provide students with a basic understanding of the U.S. legal and court systems, knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, and an overview of some substantive legal areas both from a practical and theoretical perspective. The three elective courses offer a range of choices to coincide with student interests. Please note that on-line or hybrid pre-law courses do not qualify to meet the five (5) course or 18 credit requirement for the pre-law minor. The experiential component will provide students with practical exposure to and experience in the law or a related legal area. Students can meet this experiential requirement by participating in an internship, a service learning assignment in a legal area, Moot Court, or by engaging in additional activities that expose students to practical experience in the law (must be approved by the department).

Minor Requirements


Satisfying the requirements for the Pre-Law minor includes completing a minimum of 18 credits, a minimum of five courses, and an experiential component, as specified below:

Additional Electives


Three additional elective courses chosen from those listed below:

Pre-Law Minor Notes


  • Please note that on-line or hybrid pre-law courses do not quality to meet the five (5) course or 18 credit requirement for the pre-law minor.
  • Only two (2) Political Science courses may be double-counted between a Pre-law minor and a Political Science major/minor.

Pre-Law Minor Learning Outcomes


Upon completing the Pre-Law minor, students will be able to demonstrate

  1. Improved critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills;
  2. A strong understanding of and appreciation for the law and its role in society;
  3. Improved verbal and written communication skills and research skills;
  4. An understanding of the court system and the legal process;
  5. The ability to understand complex laws and court decisions;
  6. The ability to interpret, integrate, synthesize and apply complex information effectively from multiple sources;
  7. An understanding of many of the pertinent legal issues, laws, and court decisions impacting government, business, and society and impacting students throughout their professional and personal lives.

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