Most of the nation’s law schools reject the idea of a rigid pre-law curriculum as a means of preparing for entrance into law school. The undergraduate pre-law student is actually working toward two different objectives: vigorous academic preparation for law school and an undergraduate education that will complement the law degree once obtained.
The type of undergraduate degree pursued may depend on the type of law in which you intend to specialize. For example, if you want to become a tax attorney, you might concentrate in accounting and economics. If copyright law interests you, an undergraduate degree in music or art would be beneficial. Those students interested in law school as a prelude to government service or politics may want to pursue an undergraduate degree in political science. Many students do not have a particular field of law identified prior to entering college. For such students, a broad liberal arts preparation is important. All pre-law students should be aware that communications skills are very important, and for this reason, courses in English, speech, and foreign languages should be considered.
Legal Studies Minor
The Legal Studies minor is a program offered by the Legal Studies program that allows the student to gain a valuable insight into substantive law courses. Many of the Legal Studies courses serve as previews to the courses offered in law schools.
A Legal Studies minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits chosen from the Legal Studies courses (LGST prefix), with at least 6 of the 18 credits at the 3000 level or higher.
Professors of Legal Studies, in their advisory roles, will tailor the student’s Legal Studies minor to complement the student’s major. For example, an Accounting major might take the following as his or her Legal Studies courses: Introduction to Business Law, Corporate and Property Law, Law for the CPA and Pre-Law Student, The Legal Environment of Business, Business Planning, and Federal Income Tax Law.
Six of the following courses are required for the Legal Studies minor, with 2 of the 6 courses at the 3000 level or higher. For further information, inquire with any full time Legal Studies professor.
- LGST.1020 The Development of the American Legal System
- LGST.1030 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
- LGST.1990 Introduction to Legal Studies (General)
- LGST.2100 Restorative Justice
- LGST.2340 Criminal Law
- LGST.2370 Media, Law and Ethics
- LGST.2500 Disability and the Law
- LGST.2610 Introduction to Legal Concepts
- LGST.2620 Introduction to Business Law
- LGST.2870 Legal Writing
- LGST.2990 Legal Studies (General)
- LGST.3600 Legal Issues in Racism
- LGST.3630 Corporate and Property Law
- LGST.3650 The Legal Environment of Business
- LGST.3660 International Law
- LGST.3670 Environmental Law
- LGST.3700 Real Estate Law
- LGST.3720 Sports, Entertainment and Art Law
- LGST.3730 Consumer Law
- LGST.3760 Family Law
- LGST.3770 Elder Law
- LGST.3780 Comparative European Community Law
- LGST.3790 The Relationship of Law, Logic, and Ethics
- LGST.3810 Women and the Law
- LGST.3830 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- LGST.3850 Immigration Law
- LGST.3860 Intellectual Property
- LGST.3870 Legal Research Methods
- LGST.3880 Directed Study: Law
- LGST.3900 Litigation
- LGST.3920 Wills, Trusts and Estates
- LGST.4880 Directed Study in Law
- LGST.4890 Seminar in the Law
- LGST.4900 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace
- LGST.4970 The Paralegal Practicum