Pre-Law Guide

Selecting Courses

Law schools recommend that students complete challenging, rigorous courses in a variety of academic disciplines. Thus, there is no particular set of courses that should be completed by pre-law students. But there are certain skills that are necessary in order to be successful in law school and in legal practice, such as writing, reading comprehension, research, critical thinking and communication. Also, a student may want an introduction to certain content areas, such as political science, public justice and business, which are the grounding for the major courses in law school. Students may also want to take a few courses focused in 'law' to be introduced to the area of inquiry. However, it is not beneficial for students to overload on courses with 'law' in the name.

The following list provides a sample of courses that students may want to consider in addition to the courses within their majors/minors:

Critical Thinking courses:

COM 210- Critical Thinking and Public Speaking

COM 302- Message Criticism

COM 350- Argumentation

COM 360- Persuasion

PHL 101- Introduction to Critical Thinking

PHL 111- Valid Reasoning I

PHL 307- Philosophy, Public Policy and Public Affairs

PHL 309- Logic, Language and Thought

PHL 443- Philosophy of Law

POL 203- Critical Thinking in Politics


Writing Courses:

BRC 329- Broadcast Newswriting

ENG 302- Advanced Composition

HIS 302- Historiography

JLM 209- Introduction to Newswriting

JLM 220- Copy Editing

LIN 373- Syntactic Structures of English

TED 209- Technical Writing and Literacy


Communication Courses:

COM 210- Critical Thinking and Public Speaking

CRW 201- Introductory Screenwriting

ENG 307- Narrative Theory

INT 120- Storytelling

THT 131- Fundamentals of Acting


Content Courses:

ECO 101- Principles of Microeconomics

ECO 200- Principles of Macroeconomics

ECO 340- Money and Banking

HIS 378- Freedom in American History

PBJ 101- Introduction to Criminal Justice

POL 205- American Government and Politics

POL 305- State and Local Government

POL 335- The Supreme Court

POL 305- Law and Society

PSY 347- Forensic Psychology


Law and Policy Courses:

BLW 280- Business Law I

BRC 319- Mass Media and the Law

CSC 333- Privacy, Security and Cryptology

ECO 355- Labor Law

ECO 356- Law and Economics

HRM 459- Labor Relations

HRM 462- Employment Law

PBJ 201- Survey of American Non-Criminal Law

PBJ 361- Family Law

PBJ 365- Introduction to Criminal Law

PBJ 370- Criminal Procedure

PBJ 461- Children and the Law

PBJ 463- American Indian Law & Federal Policy

POL 309- International Law

POL 345- American Constitutional Law

POL 355- Civil Liberties