The Department is pleased to offer a concentration in the Political Science (PSC) major which is specifically geared to help prepare students for law school.
The Pre-Law Concentration within the PSC major provides students the opportunity to focus upon courses that have an emphasis upon law and courts. This focus enables students to learn information that may be helpful for those who eventually attend law school. An added benefit is that the Pre-Law Concentration does not require any more or less credits than the regular PSC major.
Students who meet the concentration requirements can have their UMD transcript document that they completed the Pre-Law Concentration in Political Science. This program is unique to the Political Science Department at UMD, and its a great way for students to make clear that they seek to pursue a career in law.
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PRE-LAW CONCENTRATION IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Students take the same foundation courses as other PSC majors:
• PSC 101 Intro. to American Politics
• PSC 151 Intro. to Comparative Politics
• PSC 161 Intro. to International Relations
• PSC 171 Intro. to Political Theory
• MTH 104 Fundamentals of Statistics -or- MTH 120 Quantitative Reasoning
• PSC 349 Political Science Research Methods
• PSC 305 Political Science Internship
Like all PSC majors, students must complete an internship. Pre-Law Concentration students must complete their internship in a law related field.
Upper Level Courses
Students selecting the Pre-Law Concentration have two additional constraints in their upper level electives. They must take:
1. At least two courses focused specifically on the U.S. legal system:
• PSC 213 Law and Courts in Film
• PSC 322 Constitutional Law
• PSC 323 Civil Liberties and Rights
• PSC 347 Environmental Law and Policy
• PSC 348 Ocean Law and Policy
• PSC 408 Seminar in Judicial Process and Behavior
2. At least two other courses that discuss law and courts in relationship to other aspects of the U.S. political system; or that discuss law and courts in other countries or the international poltical system:
• PSC 301 The Presidency
• PSC 302 Legislative Process
• PSC 306 Civil Rights Movements in the U.S.
• PSC 311 State Politics
• PSC 312 Massachusetts Politics
• PSC 326 Labor Relations
• PSC 331 Political Parties and Interest Groups
• PSC 384 International Law and Organizations
• PSC 477 Rules of War