Jun 23, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Law, Minor

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About the Minor

Adviser: The Honorable Christopher Cerski, J.D.

Since the Association of American Law Schools stresses a broad liberal arts background as the most appropriate training for law school, there are no curricular prerequisites for admission to law school.  However, this minor draws on challenging courses that require students to analyze and evaluate conflicting ideas and to communicate effectively.  Additionally, the Pre-Law minor helps students determine if they have an aptitude and interest in law and provides a background for law school coursework.


Students must take 24 credits, drawn from the courses listed below.  Students can count no more than two courses toward both their major and the minor in Pre-Law.  

Arcadia also offers a B.A. in Global Legal Studies that requires students to take two law courses and two-related electives abroad. This is a Majors Abroad Program (MAP). See a separate entry for this major.

Additional Information

Other advanced humanities and social science courses are highly recommended, especially if taken during a semester or year studying abroad. Any course, regardless of field, that furthers the development of clear and systematic thinking, the command of the English language (both written and oral), and a broad understanding of society constitutes sound preparation for the study of law. A background of outstanding extracurricular activities supplements the academic record and serves to build and demonstrate communication and leadership skills.

The Pre-Law adviser is responsible for advising students interested in the Pre-Law minor and determining if courses taken abroad will count toward the minor. All students interested in legal careers should contact the Pre-Law adviser early in their University program. The adviser works with students to prepare them for admission to law school.

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