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What is the Pre-law Program?

The Political Science Department hosts two minors (Pre-law and Legal studies) a student club (Pre-law club), runs legal and judicial internships and sponsors an annual Law Day that collectively constitute the Pre-law Program. Although many pre-law students major in Political Science, it is not necessary to declare a major in Political Science in order to complete the minor programs or participate in these extracurricular activities.

 

The department's pre-law advisor, Dr. Nicholas LaRowe, is available to meet with students who anticipate applying to law school in order to:

Pre-law Club

Pre LawThe Pre-law Club is an official University club open to all students interested in a career in law. Its activities include:

Advisor:  Dr. Nicholas LaRowe
Phone: 464-1727
Email: nllarowe

Pre-law Internship Program

The Pre-law Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to receive course credit while working as an intern for an attorney or a judge. Students who want to intern for a judge need to enroll in POLS495 (Judicial Internship). Students who want to intern for an attorney need to enroll in POLS496 (Legal Internship).

Course Work

The Pre-law program now includes two minors, one for students who plan to attend law school (the Pre-law minor) and another for students interested in a career in law, who do not plan to attend law school (the Legal studies minor):

Pre-Law Minor Requirements (21 Hours and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average) Visit the eBulletin for course descriptions.

 

Required Courses in the University Core Curriculum

 

CMST 101

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 hours)

 

POLS 102

Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)

 

PHIL 201

Introduction to Ethics (3 hours)

 

 

 

 

Required Foundations Courses: 12 hours

 

CMST 107

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

 

PHIL 205

Introduction to Logic (3 hours)

 

ENG 301

Advanced Composition (3 hours)

 

ECON 327X

Cost-Benefit Analysis (3 hours)

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses: 9 hours (1 at 100-200 level; 2 at 300-400 level)

 

ANTH 211

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 hours)

 

BLAW 263

Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)

 

BLAW 363

Law for the Entrepreneur (3 hours)

 

COMM 494

Mass Communication Law and Ethics (3 hours)

 

CRIM 302

Criminal Law (3 hours)

 

CRIM 370

Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

 

CRIM 411

Criminal Enforcement Strategies: Evidentiary Problems (3 hours)

 

ECON 208

Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)

 

PHIL 441

Political and Legal Philosophy (3 hours)

 

POLS 208

Law, Courts, and Justice (3 hours)

 

POLS 3993

Gender, Politics and Policy (3 hours)

 

POLS 3993

Constitutional Cases in Context (3 hours)

 

POLS 404

Indiana Constitutional Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 405

Constitutional Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 406

Constitutional Rights (3 hours)

 

POLS 464

Environmental Politics and Policy (3 hours)

 

POLS 473

International Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 495

Judicial Internship (3 hours)

 

POLS 496

Legal Internship (3 hours)

 

POLS 497

Legislative Internship (3 hours)

NOTES:

  1. Two additional economics courses have been proposed as electives and will be added at a later date. These include “Economics and the Law” and “Problem Solving.”
  2. One additional political science class has been proposed as an elective and will be added at a later date. This course would be a 200-level legal research course.
  3. Students may repeat POLS 399 for credit with topic change. [Capped at 6 hours]
  4. Students who complete the Political Science or Sociology major may count up to six hours of credit towards the Pre-law minor.
  5. Students who complete the Pre-Law minor cannot minor in Legal Studies.

Legal Studies Minor Requirements (21 Hours and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average) Visit the eBulletin for course descriptions.

 

Required Courses in the University Core Curriculum

 

CMST 101

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 hours)

 

POLS 102

Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)

 

PHIL 201

Introduction to Ethics (3 hours)

 

 

 

 

Required Foundations Courses:

 

Complete two courses from this list (6 hours)

 

CMST 107

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

 

PHIL 205

Introduction to Logic (3 hours)

 

ENG 301

Advanced Composition (3 hours)

 

ECON 327X

Cost-Benefit Analysis (3 hours)

 

 

 

Complete two courses from this list (6 hours)

 

CRIM 244

Police and Society (3 hours)

 

CRIM 234

Introduction to Corrections (3 hours)

 

POLS 208

Law, Courts and Justice (3 hours)

 

SOC 225

Criminology (3 hours)

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses: 9 hours (1 at 100-200 level; 2 at 300-400 level)

 

ANTH 211

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 hours)

 

BLAW 263

Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)

 

BLAW 363

Law for the Entrepreneur (3 hours)

 

COMM 494

Mass Communication Law and Ethics (3 hours)

 

CRIM 302

Criminal Law (3 hours)

 

CRIM 370

Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

 

CRIM 411

Criminal Enforcement Strategies: Evidentiary Problems (3 hours)

 

ECON 208

Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)

 

PHIL 441

Political and Legal Philosophy (3 hours)

 

POLS 3993

Gender, Politics and Policy (3 hours)

 

POLS 3993

Constitutional Cases in Context (3 hours)

 

POLS 404

Indiana Constitutional Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 405

Constitutional Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 406

Constitutional Rights (3 hours)

 

POLS 464

Environmental Politics and Policy (3 hours)

 

POLS 473

International Law (3 hours)

 

POLS 495

Judicial Internship (3 hours)

 

POLS 496

Legal Internship (3 hours)

 

POLS 497

Legislative Internship (3 hours)

NOTES:

  1. Two additional economics courses have been proposed as electives and will be added at a later date. These include “Economics and the Law” and “Problem Solving.”
  2. One additional political science class has been proposed as an elective and will be added at a later date. This course would be a 200-level legal research course.
  3. Students may repeat POLS 399 for credit with topic change. [Capped at 6 hours]
  4. Students who complete the Political Science or Criminal Justice major may count up to six hours of credit towards the Legal Studies minor.
  5. Students who complete the Legal Studies minor cannot minor in Pre-Law.

Please see the course catalogue or ask Dr. LaRowe for more information about specific courses. Advice regarding appropriate courses for pre-law students offered by other departments can be obtained from the Pre-law coordinator, Dr. Nicholas LaRowe, phone: 464-1727, email: nllarowe.