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Pre-Law Minor

College of Arts and Sciences
105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062
Thomas Hensley, Coordinator, 302 Bowman Hall

The Pre-Law minor provides a background for the study of law through challenging coursework that reinforces and extends the liberal arts foundation gained through the Kent Core. It prepares students for advanced analytical and writing dexterity, and introduces them to the social and governmental structures that underlie the law.

No specific course of study is required for admission to law school. Most law schools, including all in Ohio, require a bachelor’s degree for admission. The bachelor’s degree may be from any discipline or college at Kent State University.

Law schools emphasize the value of reading comprehension, analytical skills and a good command of written English. While these skills can be obtained in various ways, a general liberal arts background is recommended; other fields such as business are also useful. Courses in literature, American history and government are considered essential. Many pre-law students choose a major in political science, history, sociology, psychology, economics or English. A Bachelor of General Studies is suitable if carefully planned.

Law schools vary considerably in their admission requirements. Most place major emphasis on the overall GPA and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Students usually take this test about one year before beginning law school, but it is highly recommended that students take the exam in June before their last year as an undergraduate.

Students considering law as a career should seek individual advising from the pre-law advisors in the Department of Political Science or in the students’ major department. A list of pre-law advisors is available in the college office. Consultation with a pre-law advisor is urged, regardless of the students’ major, minor or college. The Department of Political Science also has available LSAT registration packets, pre-law planning guides, information on law school admissions of Kent State University students and financial aid information. The department maintains a file of law school catalogs and also sponsors a pre-law club. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in mock trial and moot court activities as well as legal internships. The Department of Philosophy and the Office of Continuing and Distance Education offer an LSAT Preparation Course before the June offering of the LSAT. A bulletin board with law school and pre-law information is located on the third floor of Bowman Hall near the Department of Political Science.

Course    Title    Credits   
ENG    30064    Argumentative Prose Writing    3   
PHIL     11009    Principles of Thinking    3

21001    Introduction to Ethics    3

21002    Introduction to Formal Logic    3

Choose one from each of the following areas:     
Business    3

ACCT    23020    Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)     
ECON     22060    Principles of  Microeconomics (3)     
42295    Special Topics: Law and Economics (3)     
FIN    26074    Legal Environment of Business (3)     
English    3

ENG     30001    English Studies (3)      
33001    U.S. Literature to 1865 (3)      
33002    U.S. Literature from 1865-1945 (3)      
33003    U.S. Literature from 1945-Present (3)      
33011    African-American Literature (3)      
History and Philosophy    3

HIST     41057    Eighteenth-Century America: 1714-1789 (3)      
41058    Jefferson-Jackson Era: 1789-1848 (3)      
41082    Constitutional History of the United States (3)     
41089    Recent America: U.S. 1945-Present (3)      
PHIL     31035    Philosophy and Justice (3)      
41025    Philosophy of Law (3)      
Social Science    3

CACM     34040    Negotiation (3)      
38080    Mediation: Theory and Training (3)      
JUS     33200    Criminal Law (3)      
47211    Court Functions (3)     
PLST    47111    Civil Law and Procedure (3)

POL     30100    American Political Theory (3) 

30130    Courts (3)      
40182    Constitutional Law: Government Powers (3)      
40183    Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3)      
TOTAL    24   

Maximum three courses counted toward the students’ major may  be counted toward the pre-law minor.

It is recommended that students pursuing the pre-law minor give strong consideration to the following
courses in fulfillment of the Kent Core Requirements or college general requirements: in the humanities
and fine arts category: HIST 12070 and 12071, COMM 15000 and 26000 and PAS 23001 and 23002;
in the social sciences category: JUS 12000, ECON 22061 and POL 10100. Students are strongly encouraged
to consider prerequisites of advanced courses in the pre-law minor as they select their Kent Core courses or college general requirements.

Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA required for graduation.

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