Academic Catalog


The goals of the pre-law program are to allow the student to become conversant with

  1. the nature and function of law and legal institutions,
  2. the relation of law to the broader social order, and
  3. the higher law background of American legal thought.

Additionally, the pre-law program seeks to cultivate the student’s reasoning, writing, and speaking skills, and to give students the opportunity to pursue practical legal experience through legal internships.

Law schools usually require a college degree for admission. Recommended majors are political science, economics, history, philosophy, English, and those offered in the School of Business. However, no specific major is required for admittance to law school. A student interested in law and legal internships should contact the pre-law advisor and include in his or her preparation for law school as many of the following courses offered at Benedictine College as possible. The courses listed here are recommendations for a student considering law school and, as such, they are exemplary of useful preparation. This list is not offered as a rigid routine, but only as a guide. Please consult the pre-law advisors for a program of study tailored for you, your interests, and the law school(s) you hope to attend.

Courses in Preparation for Law School

POLS-1000Introduction to American Government3
or POLS-1200 Foundations US Constitutionalism
or POLS-1500 American 20th Century Political History
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
ENGL-3260Advanced Compostion3
SPCH-1100Speech Communication3
MATH-1220Introductory Statistics4
ACCT-2090Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON-2090Principles of Macroeconomics3
MGMT-4720Business Organizational Law3
POLS-3760Fundamental Freedoms: First Amendment3
POLS-3765Civil Rights: 14th Amendment3
POLS-3750American Constitutional Development3

See the Department of Political Science for further information regarding requirements for law school admittance, advice for strategic preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and for counsel on how best to choose law schools that match your career goals.