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Certificate Requirements

Completion of the Pre-Law certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits in three out of four areas of emphasis. No more than one course may be at the 100-level, at least two must be at the 300- or above level, and there must be at least one that is writing intensive. A student should also consider taking a course that builds oral communication skills. If the courses taken for the Certificate are applicable to a major, minor, or concentration, there is no University restriction on "sharing" credits for the certificate, but students must comply with possible school restrictions on "credit-sharing," and it is recommended, but not required, that at least one course be distinctive to the certificate, and students are advised to consider courses in multiple disciplines.

I. Dedicated Pre-Law Courses

  1. POSC 448W: American Presidents & the Constitution (3 cr.)
  2. POSC 301: Intro. to Legal Education, Life of Lawyers & the Legal Profession (POSC 3 cr.)
  3. (NEW) Legal Research and Writing (available Spring 2020)

II. Analytical Skills

  1. FORE 201: Philosophical Ethics of Law & Science (2 cr.)
  2. PHIL 106: Logic (3 cr.)
  3. PHIL 108: Business Ethics (3 cr.)
  4. PHIL 212: Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
  5. PHIL 231: History of Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
  6. PHIL 260: Philosophy of Law (3 cr.)
  7. PHIL 327: Philosophy of Crime and Punishment (3 cr.)
  8. POSC 298: Introduction to Political Analysis (3 cr.)
  9. MGMT 368W: Business Ethics (3 cr.)

III. Legal Studies

  1. BLAW 251: Business Law (3 cr.)
  2. BLAW 353W: Contracts (3 cr.)
  3. BLAW 355W: Law of Business Organizations (3 cr.)
  4. FORE 101: Forensic Science & Criminal Law (2 cr.)
  5. POSC 326W: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Rights (3 cr.)
  6. POSC 327W: Constitutional Law & Politics (3 cr.)
  7. POSC 380W: Controversies in Public Policy (3 cr.)
  8. POSC/IR/PJCR 385: International Law & Organizations (3 cr.)
  9. POSC 409: Public Administration (3 cr.)
  10. POSC/IR/ PJCR 413W: Human Rights & Human Security: Politics, Policy, & Law (3 cr.)
  11. POSC 496: Special Topics: Law and Morality

IV. Advocacy Skills

  1. HIST/IR/PJCR 447W: History of Human Rights (3 cr.)
  2. PHBA 340W: Pharmacy Law & Ethics
  3. PHYT 421W: Principles of Practice: Ethical, Moral & Legal Issues (3 cr.)
  4. POSC/IR 215: National Security and Liberty
  5. POSC 292W: Public Policy (3 cr.)
  6. POSC 326W: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Rights (3 cr.)
  7. POSC 327W: Constitutional Law & Politics (3 cr.)
  8. POSC 380W: Controversies in Public Policy (3 cr.)
  9. POSC/IR/PJCR 385: International Law & Organizations (3 cr.)
  10. POSC/IR/PJCR 413W: Human Rights & Human Security: Politics, Policy, Law (3 cr.)

Elective Courses

Students can round out their curriculum with remaining selections below. Courses in the Required Categories may be taken as Electives, but no course may be double counted to fulfill two categories. Other authorized elective courses include:

Miscellaneous Elective Courses

  1. BLAW 354: Commercial Transactions (3 cr.)
  2. CLSX 242: Ancient Law (3 cr.)
  3. FORE 401: American Legal History (1 cr.)
  4. FORE 402: Torts (1 cr.)
  5. HIST 335: Crime & Criminality in Early Modern Europe (3 cr.)
  6. HIST 340: History of Western Law (3 cr.)
  7. HLTM 477: Legal Issues in Healthcare (3 cr.)
  8. MUPF 477: Business Law for the Music Industry (1 cr.)
  9. PHIL 216: Social Justice (3 cr.)
  10. POSC 202: State and Local Government (3 cr.)
  11. POSC 203: American Congress (3 cr.)
  12. POSC 290: American Political Thought (3 cr.)
  13. POSC 302: Political Parties & Interest Groups (3 cr.)
  14. POSC/IR/PJCR 349: United Nations I & II (1 cr.)
  15. POSC/IR/PJCR 350: United Nations III & IV (2 cr.)
  16. POSC 424: Women, Minorities, & Public Policy (3 cr.)
  17. PSYC 228W: Psychology of Personality (3 cr.)
  18. PSYC 240W: Social Psychology (3 cr.)
  19. SOCI 370: Gender, Crime, & Justice (SOCI 3 cr.)
  20. SOCI 421: Criminal Justice Policy (SOCI 3 cr.)
  21. Practical Experiences
  • a. Externships (1 - 3 credits) (with approval of Pre-Law Director and internship director of undergraduate major)
  • b. Internships (1 - 3 credits) (with approval of Pre-Law Director and internship director of undergraduate major.)
  • c. Mock Trial (Undergraduate, 0 credits)