Pre-Legal Studies

Associate of Arts

   Pre-Legal Studies is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the study and practice of law.  Students who do not intend on attending law school may also find this major useful in preparing for a career in government, politics, public service, research, and other careers.

    The program prepares students for further university studies and law school by developing critical and independent thinking along with essential communication skills to enable them to communicate effectively in the business, social and legal environment and the critical legal reasoning skills to analyze laws and legal opinions.

    Our program provides students with a broad background of knowledge in history, philosophy, political science, economics, business, sociology and criminal justice. The Pre-Legal Studies major should provide students interested in attending law school with the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize the efficiency of their law school education.

    Before beginning the professional study of law, students must usually have obtained a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. There are no specific course requirements and no particular majors for entrance into law school. Students are encouraged to follow their interests and talents, and choose a major that is right for them. Particular attention should be paid to the assertive skill areas that include language and communication skills, creative and critical thinking ability, and an understanding of human institutions and values.

    The Pre-Legal Studies Degree is a rigorous inter-disciplinary program requiring discipline and hard work. Because of the demanding requirements of this program, there are few general electives. Students should be aware of and prepared to undertake a demanding set of courses.

    The American Bar Association recognizes that in addition to the fundamental skills and values listed above, there are some basic areas of knowledge that are helpful to a legal education and to the development of a competent lawyer. Some of the types of knowledge that would maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education include:

  • A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society in the United States.

  • A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system.

  • Some basic mathematical and financial skills, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data.

  • A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction.

  • An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world.



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