The College of Arts and Sciences offers a pre-law minor designed to prepare students with the foundational knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and other essential skills to succeed in the field of law. The Pre-Law minor is designed to provide an advantage to students who plan to apply to law school after completing their degree; however, the minor is not a requirement for law school applicants. For more information, contact Mr. Mike Haas or Dr. Paige Tan, coordinators of the Pre-Law Minor.
The minor requires 24 hours of course work, including 15 hours of core courses, 3 hours of applied or skills-based courses, and 6 hours of other related courses in the legal field.
- Core Courses (15 hours): PLS 101, 300, 301, 305, and 310
- Skills Courses (3 hours): ACG 201, COM 101, 223, 257, 423, 425, ENG 204, PAR 110, or PLS 498
- Related Courses (6 hours): BLA 261, 361, 363, 371, 461, COM 361, CRM 105, 110, 255, 307, 310, 315, 320, 330, 350, 370, 375, 380, 381, 385, 390, 405, 410, 420, 425, 450, 455, 460, EVS 362, 462, FST 304, MGT 456, PAR 220, PED 379, PLS 204, 329, 426, SOC 449, or SWK 311
Please note that some of the related courses have prerequisites that are not themselves counted towards the minor. Students must acquire the prequisites and not ask to be waived into courses. Furthermore, some of the related courses are only open to students in the Cameron School of Business. Related courses are also offered under PLS 495 (departmental seminar). These and other courses may be counted toward the minor at the discretion of the minor coordinators. A waiver form signed by a minor coordinator should be submitted in these cases.
Students must earn at least a "B" (3.00) average in all courses counted for the Pre-Law Minor. At least 6 of the 24 hours must come from outside the Department of Public and International Affairs.
Please note that the internship in Political Science (PLS 498) requires a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA. In some cases, the instructor may grant students with lower GPAs the opportunity to pursue the internship for academic credit.