Possible courses for Pre-law

Possible courses (to test your interest in the law or to build the skills to succeed in law school).

Not one specific course is required prior to law school attendance.  This list provides some possible courses to test your interest in the law, the criminal justice system, and in working with certain populations or on specific legal issues.  This list also includes courses designed to help you build the skills (link to ABA skills) necessary to succeed in law school.

Meet with your academic adviser to discuss how a course of interest may or may not work with your degree requirements.  This is not an exhaustive list of these courses so make sure to work closely with your adviser to find the courses that best fit your goals and interests.

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 301: Rhetorical Theory (3) (GH)
  • CAS 215: Argumentation (3)
  • CAS 213: Persuasive Speaking (3)
  • CAS 315: Debate and the Civic Life (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 423:  Sexual and Domestic Violence (3) (US)
    Prerequisite Course(s):  CRIM 100 or WMNST 100
  • CRIM 432: Crime and the American Court System (3)
    Prerequisite Course(s): CRIM 100
  • CRIM 441: Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3) (US)
    Prerequisite Course(s): CRIM 100
  • CRIM 451:  Race, Crime and Justice (3) (US)
    Prerequisite Course(s): CRIM 100
  • CRIM 453:  Women and the Criminal Justice System (3) (US)
  • Prerequisite Course(s):  CRIM 100 or WMNST 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 471: Rhetorical Traditions (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

Labor and Employment Relations

  • LER 201: Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3) (GS)

Philosophy

  • PHIL 010: Critical Thinking (3) (GH)
  • 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 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