The Pre-Law Minor is an interdisciplinary law minor for students who are interested in attending law school, who plan on pursuing legal related careers, or who want to learn more about different areas of the law that may be relevant to their professional careers or to legal areas they are likeiy to encounter in their personal lives. The minor provides students with exposure to substantive law courses and topics. For those students interested in attending law school, the courses in the minor will help confirm their interest in pursuing a legal career, enhance the critical thinking, analytical, and other skills students will need to be successful in law school, provide insight into how lawyers think and analyze legal issues, expose students to the Socratíc method and to the unique way of studying the law used in law school, and also provide students with sufñcient knowledge and background in the law to be competitive in law school. For students not plan ning on law school, the minor will provide them with practical information and exposure to the legal system and to the legal issues and topics that will be useful in their careers and personal lives.
The Pre-Law minor requires a minimum of five courses: two required courses, three electives, and an experiential component. The two required courses are an introductory course in the law and a constitutional law course that will provide students with a basic understanding ofthe U.S. legal and court systems, knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, and an overview of some substantive legal areas both from a practical and theoretical perspective. The three elective Courses offer a range of choices to coincide with student interests. The experiential component will provide students with practical exposure to and experience in the law or a related legal area. Students can meet this experiential requirement by participating in an internship, a service learning assignment, or moot court; by attending lectures or other Pre-Law events; or by engaging in additional experiential learning activities approved by the department.