PEAK Minors

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The Pre-Law Minor is meant to create a foundation in preparation for a career in law. As a professional enhancement minor, the Pre Law Minor is further designed to help prepare students to succeed in law school. Through the minor students will be introduced to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions.

Pre-Law Minor

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

POE-250

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

POE-300

Constitutional Law I

3

POE-301 or
BUS-391

Constitutional Law II or
Legal Environment

3

Complete 1 course from the following (Department recommended courses -

ENG-219, ENG-235 or ENG-324)

ENG-200 Level or
ENG-300 Level

Introduction to Literary Studies Course or
Theory and Methods Course

3

Complete 1 Ethics course from the following:

PHI-201

The Good Life

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Help prepare students for a career in law by introducing them to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions
  • Help prepare students for law school by teaching them how to brief a constitutional law case and become comfortable and competent in reading and understanding constitutional jurisprudence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

There are multiple pathways to law school. No particular major is recommended. Indeed law schools accept students who have majored in everything from Music to Environmental Studies. Regardless of the major, students would benefit from courses in several disciplines not equired for the minor including: International Relations, History, Sociology, and Environmental Studies.