Pre-Law

Pre-Law

There are many good reasons to explore the law and the legal profession before entering law school. You will gain a more realistic view of the actual practice of law, the skills you will need, and the realities of the legal employment market. Greater familiarity with the legal system—its institutions, concepts, and even vocabulary—can advance your understanding of law school curriculum. Most students enroll in Pre-Law as preparation for law school. The Pre-Law degree will certainly enhance your candidacy for admission to law school, as well as your opportunities for employment during and after law school. However, you may want to pursue a career as a paralegal or legal assistant, and the Pre Law degree can prepare you for that as well. If you
decide a career in law is not for you, the degree is still a good foundation for a career in the many fields of social science. As with any career, graduates will require further education to meet their goals.

Some of the basic areas of knowledge that are helpful to a legal education include:
• A broad understanding of American history.
• A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system.
• A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction.
• An understanding of diverse cultures, international institutions and issues, and world events.

Required Courses
Item #TitleCredits
COMM 233Interpersonal Communication3
ENGL 335Essay and Opinion Writing3
HIST 111United States History to 18653
HIST 112United States History from 18653
HIST 201      Historical Methods: Research and Historiography3
HIST 225World Civilizations I3
HIST 226World Civilizations II3
HIST 475Portfolio Development3
POLS 211National and Texas Constitutions3
 Sub-Total Credits25

 

Economics Electives
Choose one, 3 hours
Item #TitleCredits
ECON 211Macroeconomics3
ECON 212Microeconomics3
 Sub-Total Credits3

 

English
Choose one, 3 hours
Item #TitleCredits
ENGL 333Narrative Writing3
ENGL 342Composition Theory and Practice3
ENGL 464Advanced Grammar3
 Sub-Total Credits3

 

History
Choose one, 6 hours
Item #TitleCredits
POLS 120Crime in America3
HIST 315Political Thought3
HIST 335Establishing a Nation, 1783-18363
HIST 338History of Terrorism in the United States3
HIST 365Global Power: America from 1917 to Present3
HIST 425Executive Leadership3
 Sub-Total Credits6

 

POLS/CJ
Choose one, 6 hours
Item #TitleCredits
CRIJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 120Crime in America3
POLS 110Court Systems and Practices3
POLS 220Introduction to Public Policy3
POLS 364American Constitutional Development3
 Sub-Total Credits6

 

PSYC/SOC
Choose one, 3 hours
Item #TitleCredits
PSYC 212General Psychology3
SOCI 111Introduction to Sociology3
 Sub-Total Credits3

 

Ethics
Choose one, 3 hours
Item #TitleCredits
BUAD 460Ethics and Business Social Responsibility3
COMM 431Media Law and Ethics3
CRIJ 430Ethics in Criminal Justice3
 Sub-Total Credits3

 

Logic - Cognate
Choose one, 3 hours
Item #TitleCredits
PHYS 121General Physics I3
MATH 141Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
 Sub-Total Credits3
 Total Credits52