Pre-Law

 Political Science Graduating Seniors and Faculty Spring 2016

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Why a in Political Science/Pre-Law Area?

The Political Science/Pre-Law Area combines a political science major with a pre-law minor. With the Pre-Law Area, the undergraduate pre-law student is actually working toward two different objectives: admission to law school and an undergraduate education which will complement the law degree once obtained.  Students who come out of our pre-law program go to a variety of law schools and tend to do quite well once in law school.

What Can You Do with a Political Science/Pre Law Area Decree?

Students in this track usually go to law school and go on to become attorneys.  

Political Science/Pre-Law Area Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree (CIP 45.1001)

 

University Studies Requirements………………………………39-43 hrs

University Studies selections must include:
Scientific Inquiry: STA 135 Intro to Probabilities and Statistics World’s Historical Traditions: POL 261 Intro to Political Theory

Required Courses………………………………………………….19 hrs
POL 100T Transitions
POL 140 American National Government
POL 240 State and Local Government
POL 250 Intro to International Relations or POL 252 Intro to Comparative Politics
or POL 252 Intro to Comparative Politics
POL 359 Writing and Inquiry in the Social Sciences
POL 360 Research Methods
POL 499 Senior Seminar in Political Science

Pre-Professional Legal Studies Courses………………………………………………………..30 hrs
CRJ 140 Intro to Criminal justice
COM 261 Debate and Advocacy
LST 240 Legal Environment of business
LST 300 Intro to Legal Research
LST 310 Legal Analysis and Writing
LST 446 Criminal Law
POL 441 Legislative Process
POL 444 Judicial Process
POL 445 Constitutional Law I
POL 447 Constitutional Law II

Required Limited Electives…………………………………………….18 hrs
Note: At least 12 hours must be at the 300 level or above
Select hours from the following:
PH 103 Critical Thinking or PHI 203 Symbolic Logic
HIS 176 History of the U.S. Constitution
ENG 226 Argument and Discourse
ENG 370 Law and Literature
COM 367 Communication and Critical Thought
LST 242 Real Estate Law
LST 250 Mock Trial (up to six hours)
LST 400 Litigation and Trial Practice
PSY 245 Law and Psychology
SOC 442 Law and Society
SOC 445 Media and Crime
CRJ 544 Constitutional and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
POL 442 Government and Business
POL 457 International Law and Organizations
POL 476 Law and Public Administration
POL 488/489 Internship

Unrestricted Electives………………………………………………….10-14 hrs

Total Curriculum Requirements………………………………………120 hrs

Pre-Law Minor Requirements

Legal Studies Minor……………………………………………………………………… 21 hours

LST 240, 300, and 310; and 12 hours of LST electives. Only three hours of credit allowed from LST 250,

488, 489, or 495. Six hours must be upper-level courses completed at Murray State University.

Computer knowledge and a minimum grade of C in ENG 105 are required of all students (including

transfers) pursuing this minor. No substitutions and/or alterations in the above curriculum shall be

made without written approval of department chair.