Although there is no specific pre-law major, there are courses that pre-law students should consider taking. These classes will help you evaluate whether a law career is right for you, increase your knowledge about law and courts, and/or help you develop skills necessary to do well on the LSAT and succeed in law school.
Constitutional Law - Political Science 322
In this class, you will read judicial opinions in major Supreme Court cases and discuss the legal thought, rationale, and theory underlying these decisions. The course includes a discussion of government regulation of the economy, federal-state government relations, and criminal justices issues (ie. search & seizure law, death penalty, etc.)
Civil Liberties and Rights - Political Science 323
Same as PSC 322 Constitutional Law. However, the focus in this course is on freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to privacy and abortion, and civil rights/equal protection issues.
Seminar: Judicial Process and Behavior - Political Science 408
This course discusses the judicial decision making process, exploring central questions about what factors influence judges' decisions. Also reviewed are civil procedure, criminal procedure, the role of the jury in court, and the structure of the federal and state court systems. Though the class focuses upon the politics of the judicial system, students may find that they learn lots of useful "nuts and bolts"-type information about the U.S. legal system.
Logic - Philosophy 110
A good class for all majors, this course will help you develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. Students learn to utilize reason to develop and evaluate arguments.
Philosophy of Law - Philosophy 326
This class helps students understand the philosophical principles that underlie the law.
This is another good class to help all majors develop their analytical skills. Consider taking one of the statistics courses offered by a number of departments, such as:Research Methods: Political Science 349; Economic Statistics: Economics 332; Research Methods: Psychology 210; Intro. to Research Methods: Sociology 206; Business Statistics: Management 210