The Pre-Law advising track provides an interdisciplinary individualized study plan that combines the Liberal Studies core courses with elective courses in legal and policy issues and skills useful for careers in law, public policy, or human rights advocacy. Students choose their electives from courses in at least two of the three areas of Liberal Studies: the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students also complete a research project either through the Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482) or through independent study (499) on an interdisciplinary topic in pre-law studies.

Interdisciplinary Thematic Emphasis students using this advising track might choose to focus on a specific legal domain such as international law, commercial law, human rights advocacy, criminology, or government and public administration.

Required Courses:

Liberal Studies Core Courses (30 units)

Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482)  or 499: Independent Study Project in Law or Public Policy (3 units)  

Pre-law Elective Courses (18 units)

Your advisor will help you select from a wide range of possible courses outside the department that are suitable for your study plan. A few examples of possible courses:

CRJU 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 330 Crime and Delinquency
CRJU 455 Gangs and the Criminal Justice System
CRJU 470 Sex, Crime and Culture
HIST 480A Development of American Law
HIST 480B American Legal and Constitutional History
HIST 460B Law and Order in China
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 320 Contemporary Moral Issues
POSC 315 Politics and Policy Making in America
POSC 322 Leadership for Public Service
POSC 421 Government and the Economy
POSC 375 Law, Politics and Society
POSC 445 Globalization, Justice and Democracy
POSC 472 The Judicial Process
POSC 474 Civil Liberties                                                                                                                                                  SOCI 365 Law and Society                                                                                                                                              PSYC 317 Psychology and Law
WMGT 420 Contested Sexualities