Law schools do not require any particular major, but the Law School Admission Council advises: "Law schools want students who can think critically and write well, and who have some understanding of the forces that have shaped human experience." The Pre-Law Concentration is designed to develop well-motivated students into applicants who fit this description. The courses in the Pre-Law Concentration (possible with either a Political Science or Philosophy major) will develop the intellectual skills and interests that are relevant for law school and will provide a liberal arts education of benefit to students throughout their lives. Elsewhere the catalog contains a brief description of a liberal arts education. Completing the courses in the Pre-Law Concentration does not guarantee admission to law school or a high score on the LSAT. Interested students should meet with a Pre-Law Advisor early in their educational careers to discuss strategies to prepare for law school. Students in Pre-Law will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that will contribute to their preparation for law school and introduce them to some of the careers that lawyers pursue. Students who complete the required courses earn a B. A. in Political Science or Philosophy with a Pre-Law Concentration. The students' transcripts will show both the major and the concentration. The course requirements and choices in the Philosophy and Political Science areas are listed below.
NOTE: In the case of double majors or minors, other courses may be taken in place of those above with the approval of the Pre-Law Advisory Committee.
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NOTE: Students who do not complete PHL 379a must complete one Economics course other than ECN 205.
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