The Department of Political Science and Public Administration has a number of courses and extracurricular activities that collectively constitute our Pre-Law Program. Although many pre-law students major in political science, we encourage all of our students to consider taking courses outside the major. This may include taking philosophy courses such as Introduction to Logic or Political and Legal Philosophy, criminal justice courses such as Criminal Law, and business courses such as the Legal Environment of Business or Law for the Entrepreneur.
The University’s pre-law coordinator, Dr. Nicholas LaRowe, is available to meet with students who are interested in applying to law school. Dr. LaRowe works with students to select relevant courses in both the political science major and in other departments, supplies students with information about the LSAT (the standardized test required for admission to all law schools), and advises students on how to apply to law school. Dr. LaRowe also serves as the advisor for the Pre-Law Club.
As a political science major at USI, you will have many opportunities to explore the field of law. Our Pre-Law Club routinely sponsors speakers and judicial candidate forums, holds study sessions to prepare for the LSAT, makes visits to regional law schools, and organizes social activities so that students can build a strong peer network. Students are also encouraged to complete an internship for college credit. Students may work for a judge while enrolled in POLS 495 (Judicial Internship) or a local attorney while enrolled in POLS 496 (Legal Internship). Pre-Law students may also decide to do independent research under the direction of one of our professors. In fact, all USI students may apply for ENDEAVOR grants to fund their research and may present their work at the University’s annual conference.
Unlike many larger universities, the students who attend USI receive individual attention from faculty members who are committed to undergraduate teaching and advising. The majority of our upper level courses have fewer than thirty students, which allows for student-led discussion over political and legal issues. Our faculty members work with students to help them develop their critical thinking, analytical, and oral communication skills – all of which are necessary for a career in law. USI also offers several types of financial aid, including merit-based awards for pre-law students.
Dr. Mary Hallock Morris
Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration