Legal Studies


Pre-Law: 4 Year Preparation


The minimum requirement for admission to a recognized law school is a bachelor’s degree. Most law schools value intellectual maturity and a broad educational background, such as is provided by majors in the social sciences, natural sciences or humanities, rather than narrow specialization. Well developed research, analysis, oral and written communication skills are considered desirable.

It is suggested that students take the Legal Studies minor and take additional coursework in the following areas: Accounting, Economics, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Speech and Writing. For more specific information on an appropriate course of study, see the Pre-Law advisor, who is assigned by the Social Science Division.

Admission to law schools is highly competitive. Applicants are usually expected to achieve an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 and perform well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), although strength in one of these areas may compensate for weakness in the other. The LSAT should be taken early in the senior year. For more information about preparatory materials, contact the Pre-Law advisor,  Dr. Mark Henkels, 838-8554, HSS 207,

Legal Studies Minor

For more information, please contact  Dr. Mark Henkels, 838-8544, HSS 207,


Legal Studies Minor (27-29 credits)

PS 201   American Government (3)
PS 202   State and Local Government (3)
BA 230  Business Law (3)
PS 479   Constitutional Law (3)
PS 480   Administrative Law (3)
PS 484   American Jurisprudence (3)
PS 485   Legal Research and Writing (3)

Choose two: (6-8)

  • ANTH 475   Anthropological Approaches to Law
  • BA 211   Fundamentals of Accounting I
  • BA 212   Fundamentals of Accounting II
  • CJ 213    Survey Juvenile/Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 214 Survey pf the US Juvenile Justice System
  • CJ 322 Evidence and Courtroom
  • CJ 452    Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • HST 304   English History
  • HST 305   English History
  • HSY 485 British Consitutional History
  • PHL 103 Introduction to Logic
  • PHL 335   Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHL 380 Philosophy of Law
  • PS 409   Administrative Internship
  • PS 410   Legislative/Political Internship
  • SP 321   Influencing through Argument
  • SP 326   Communication and Controversy: Freedom of Speech in the US
  • SP 327   Communication in the Legal Field




Legal Studies

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Division of Social Sciences 

503-838-8288 | or e-mail: Location: HSS 231