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Pre-Law Minor:
Degree Requirements

Admission to law school is very competitive. Students who are serious about pursuing a career in law are strongly encouraged to dedicate much time and energy to preparing for this demanding process. Students entering the Pre-Law minor program as freshmen or sophomores must have a program of study approved by their Pre-Law advisor prior to the completing of 60 credits as Eastern. Transfer students must have their program approved prior to the completion of 30 credits at Eastern. Students should work closely with their Pre-Law advisor throughout their time at Eastern to prepare them best for admission to law school.

The Pre-Law minor program is designed to complement a student's major with coursework that prepares the student for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and strengthens the student's skills in areas needed for success in law school, including critical thinking, logical reasoning, and effective writing. In additoin to developing cognitive skills, the Pre-Law program is designed to provide students with a background that will help them understand the nature, workings, and justification of the law.

The Pre-Law minor program consist of 21 credits.

Creative and Analytical Thinking: 6 credits
Subject Course Title Credits
PHI 215 Logical Inquiry 3
Choose one:
ENG 241 Critical and Creative Thinking 3
PHI 220 Ethics 3
Writing and Communication: 6 credits
Choose two:
ENG 200 Reading and Writing Argument 3
ENG 371 Rhetoric/Rhetorical Theory 3
COM 230 Basic Speech 3
COM 330 Organizational Communication 3
Understanding Governmental and Social Institutions: 6 credits
Choose two:
PSC 110 American Government and Politics 3
PSC 339 Constitutional Law I 3
PSC 340 Constitutional Law II 3
PSC 341 Judicial Process 3
PSC 350 Public Policy/Decision Making 3
SOC 101 Criminal Justice and Society 3
SOC 325 Law and Society 3
Understanding Business and Economics: 3 credits
Choose one:
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BUS 250 Business Law I 3
Pre-Law Internship:
Students are also highly encouraged to gain experience in the legal field through an internship or practicum.
PSC 492 Law Internship
SOC 375 Seminar and Field Instruction
SOC 490 Internship in Applied Criminology
Total Credits 21


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