Course Options for Students Interested in Law School

Many of the following courses may help you develop or refine skills that are consistently tested on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and are critical for law school success. These skills include critical reading, analytical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective writing. In addition to these skill-based courses, other courses listed below offer exposure to basic legal theories and/or examine the law from a historical perspective.

None of these courses are required for admission to law school.

Communications

  • COMM 381: Telecommunications Regulation (3)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): COMM 180; ECON 102 or ECON 104
  • COMM 403: Law of Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 492: Internet Law and Policy (3)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): COMM 180

Communication Arts & Sciences

  • CAS 100: Effective Speech (3)
  • CAS 215: Argumentation (3)
  • CAS 321: Rhetoric and Law (3)

Crime, Law & Justice

  • CRIM 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) (GS)
  • CRIM 113: Introduction to Law (3) (US)
  • CRIM 432: Crime and the American Court System (3)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): CRIM 100
  • CRIM 467: Law and Society (3)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): CRIM 100, CRIM 113, or permission of program.

English

  • ENGL 200: Introduction to Critical Reading (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030
  • ENGL 417: The Editorial Process (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, 202D, 210, 215 or 410
  • ENGL 421: Advanced Expository Writing (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, 202D
  • ENGL 470: Rhetorical Theory and Practice (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030
  • ENGL 471: Rhetorical Traditions (3 credits/semester, max of 6) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030
  • ENGL 472: Current Theories of Writing and Reading (3 credits/semester, max of 6) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030
  • ENGL 473: Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse (3 credits/semester, max of 6) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030
  • ENGL 474: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits/semester, max of 6) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): ENGL 015 or 030

History

  • HIST 449: Constitutional History of the United States to 1877 (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): HIST 020 or 021 or 3 additional credits in history or political science
  • HIST 450: Constitutional History of the United States since 1877 (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): HIST 020 or 021 or 3 additional credits in history or political science
  • HIST 452: History of United States Foreign Relations (3) (US; IL)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): HIST 020 or 021

Philosophy

  • PHIL 010: Critical Thinking (3) (GH) *
  • *Note: Even if you do not take PHIL 010, purchase the text for help with LSAT preparation.
  • PHIL 012: Symbolic Logic (3) (GQ)
  • PHIL 105: Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics (3) (GH)

Political Science

  • PL SC 001: Introduction to American National Government (3) (GS)
  • PL SC 403: The Legislative Process (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001 or 003
  • PL SC 470W: Legal Brief Writing (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001
  • PL SC 471: American Constitutional Law (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001
  • PL SC 472: The American Legal Process (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001
  • PL SC 473: American Judicial Behavior (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001
  • PL SC 474: Civil Liberties and Due Process (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s): PL SC 001