In accordance with suggestions from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) the PreLaw program is designed to prepare students for law school. The Council suggests that there be no special prelaw major, but that students select a major of their choice, while preparing themselves specifically in certain areas. St. Thomas University prelaw students, especially those who have followed the recommended program, have had considerable success in gaining admission to law schools including the St. Thomas University School of Law.
Students with law school as an objective should exert themselves to achieve good grades and to take courses sufficiently challenging to prepare them for scoring well on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), required by every accredited law school.
Law schools are greatly interested in a student's ability to think analytically and logically, and to use the English language coherently and with facility. They recommend also that students develop a sound understanding of the history and governmental systems of the Western world, particularly the United States. These goals can be met easily within the context of most of the university's programs. Students will be assisted by the university LSAC PreLaw Advisor in planning a program that will permit them to best prepare themselves for law school.
While not an exhaustive list, the following courses have been suggested for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field:
BUS 220 Business Law I
CIS 205 Microcomputer Applications
COM 105 Speech
CRI 321 Courts and the Criminal Justice System
ENC 303 Multigenre Research and Writing
ENC 403 Professional and Technical Writing And Editing
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENG 210 Western Literary Masterpieces II
ENG 302 Survey of American Literature II
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II
HIS 202 United States History II
PHI 152 Logic
PHI 332 Ethics
POS 201 Introduction to American Government
POS 202D Introduction to Comparative Politics
POS 320 Judicial Politics
POS 322 American Constitutional Law
PSY 470 Psychology of Law
SOC 201D Principles of Sociology
NOTE: Many of the recommended courses can either be used to satisfy General Education or specific Major Requirements.
Thomas F. Brezenski, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Political Science
LSAC Pre Law Advisor
Areas of specialization: American politics, public policy, government and law.