Our BA in political science with a concentration in pre-law prepares you for law school by providing a solid foundation for future study in fields including commercial, criminal, environmental, family, labor, and tax law.
Your courses will focus on the U.S. legal system, law and courts in relationship to other aspects of the U.S. political system, international law and courts, and the international political system. A background in law prepares you not only for a practice of law, but also for rewarding careers in advocacy, business, and education.
Studying law will develop your analytical, logical, and creative thinking skills. You'll be prepared to think critically and act effectively as an engaged citizen.
We want to ensure that you acquire proficiency in writing, communication, advocacy, and comparative analyis: all vital skills in today's workplace, which is why we require students to complete an internship.
In your concentration, you’ll study topics such as constitutional law, civil liberties and rights, the legislative process, and state politics.
Our professors are accomplished scholars in their fields, committed to teaching and research. You'll work with them to:
- Understand of the concepts, theories, and empirical findings in politics, government, and administration
- Discover the impact of factors such as employment, environment, and gender on politics
- Consider the theories and practices of governments on both the domestic and international levels
For the major, you'll complete 39 credit hours, and 120 credit hours overall. An internship is required for political science majors. For your concentration, you'll complete a law-related internship.
- Internships: All political science majors complete an off-campus internship.
- Study abroad: Experiences through the International Programs Office may waive the internship requirement.
- Pre-law advising: Receive advising on which courses to take to prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school.
- 3+3 Law degree: UMass Law’s accelerated program allows you to receive both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in 6 rather than 7 years. In your fourth year, you would matriculate at UMass Law as a first-year law student.
- Experience: Participate in student government, community service, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Learn more about the study and practice of law by attending events at UMass Law.
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills