Students many pursue a legal career after completing undergraduate work in any discipline offered by Wesleyan. Students intending to apply to law school will maximize their chances of admission by maintaining a high GPA, earning high LSAT scores and obtaining strong letters of recommendation. While students do not have to pursue a particular course of study as undergraduates to enroll in law school, many will find the pre-law minor helpful.
The pre-law minor includes courses across a number of disciplines that will help students develop the skills they need to succeed in the study of law. Students who intend to pursue a J.D. after completing their undergraduate work will find this minor useful both in preparing to take the LSAT and for law school itself.
Minor Requirements: Pre-Law
A minor in pre-law consists of 21 semester hours as follows:
Required (15 hours):
POL 115: American Politics
POL 320: American Constitutional Development 3 hours
BUS 310 Business Law 3 hours
ACC 201: Financial Accounting: Concepts and Applications 3 hours
COM 202: Public Speaking 3 hours
Choose two courses from the following (6 hours):
COM 340 Persuasion 3 hours
PHI 223: Ethics 3 hours
PHI 224: Logic 3 hours
HIS 130: The American Experience to 1877 3 hours
HIS 135: The American Experience from 1877 3 hours
Students are also strongly encouraged to ensure that at least one hour of credit for PDE 400 is earned via an internship at a law office, whether that be at a private firm, a public defenders’ office, a prosecutor’s office or a court.
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