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Law - Pre-Law, A.A.


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Law schools in Minnesota do not require specific undergraduate major or courses as pre-law preparation. Rather, they recommend that students acquire a broad education such as is usually assured in a liberal arts program. Special emphasis is placed on the development of skills in oral and written expression. Pre-law students should choose a major and plan a program which is as broad as possible while still being consistent with degree requirements. The student is ultimately responsible of registering in courses that fulfill degree and transfer requirements. Professional advisement is available to the student while he/she pursues his/her course work.

Many pre-law students major in history, political science and business administration, though other departmental majors provide good background for law study. Most law schools emphasize that students present a major demonstrating depth of knowledge of the particular field, accompanied by a wide variety of electives that meet the MNTC requirements. This program meets the A.A. and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

It is recommended that a pre-law student pursue a course of study leading to the Associate of Arts degree and that whatever the intended major, it include the following courses. Students interested in this degree should choose the Liberal Arts major on the application.

ENGL 1101
Composition I 3
SPCH 1101
Introduction to Speech 3
  Social Science Electives** 3
HIST 1101
American History I 4
HIST 1102
American History II 4
PSCI 1101
Introduction to Political Science 3
PSCI 1201
American Government and Politics 3
PSCI 2202
State and local Government 3
  Humanities Electives* 9
  Choose one of the following:  
NSCI 1100
Issues in the Environment 3
GEOG 1101
Physical Geography 4
PSCI 2210
Environmental Politics 3
  Free Electives*** 6-10
Composition II 3

STSK 1110 Freshman Seminar (1) credit is required.

Fulfill a minimum of 4 credits from two of the three areas. HLTH 1101, CSCI 1102, or any Physical Education course.

* THTR 2210, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, PHIL 2201, PHIL 2202 and proficiency in a second language are strongly recommended.

** SOC courses, PSYC 1101, PSYC 1150, PSYC 2221, ECON 2201, and ECON 2202 are strongly recommended.

***BUS 2201, BUS 2202 and courses from HUM and SOC SCI areas listed above as well as foreign languages are strongly recommended.

Updated: si 4/30/14