There is no formal
schema for CLA pre-law students to follow concerning which courses
to take or when to take them. Law schools look favorably upon
students who have a broad base of coursework in the liberal arts.
Having said this, there are certain courses which help to develop
skills useful or even necessary for studying law, and others can provide
you with an understanding of the larger social and ideological contexts
surrounding the study of law. It should however be emphasized that the courses
listed below are not necessary as background for success in law
school, and there are probably many more which you could find useful
in preparing for law school. Remember that every law-related
course you take is one less course you can take in other areas, and
law schools tend to look less favorably upon a transcript filled
with law-related courses. s
Law schools expect
that students will be able to:
understand large quantities of information.
about issues and reason through complex problems.
effectively, both orally and in writing.
be familiar with
the basic social, economic and political contexts surrounding the
American legal system.
speaking, courses in the humanities and social sciences,
particularly history, literature, and philosophy, often require a
heavy reading and writing load, as well as assignments which demand
critical analysis. Courses in logic, mathematics, and the natural
sciences can train a student in analytical thinking. Courses in
anthropology, psychology, and sociology teach theories of human
behavior, both at the individual level and at the societal level.
Many communication courses emphasize developing articulateness in
written and oral communication.
Following is a list of
particular courses which may be of interest to the pre-law student.
This list can be found in the Pre-Professional Advising section in
the Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin, which can be accessed
Please note that this list is not to be taken as exhaustive.
To develop a basic knowledge of the
legal system and connected issues:
0109 -- Courtroom in American Society
Anthropology 0223 -- Comparative Law
Criminal Justice 0150 -- Introduction to Criminal Law
Criminal Justice 0243 -- American Jury System
Criminal Justice 0247 -- Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and
History R267 -- Race & U.S. Constitution
Philosophy C062 -- Morality and the Law
Philosophy 0154 -- Political Philosophy
Philosophy 0243 -- Philosophy of Law
Political Science 0117 -- American Constitutional Principles I
Political Science 0118 -- American Constitutional Principles II
Political Science 0270- Classics in Political Philosophy
Sociology 0270 -- Sociology of Law
Sociology 0283 -- Social Movements
Women's Studies 0273 -- Women and Criminal Justice
Sciences 0180 -- Introduction to Linguistics
Communication Sciences 0214 -- Conflict and Communication
English W103 -- Writing the Research Essay
English W101 -- Developing Prose Style
English Upper level literature courses
Speech Communication 0065 -- Public Speaking
Speech Communication 0180 -- Persuasion
analytical reasoning skills:
Philosophy C055 --
Philosophy C066 -- Logic
Philosophy 0100 -- Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy 0121 -- Introduction to Ethics
Speech Communication 0174 -- Argumentation
Courses in Computer Science and Mathematics
Courses in Natural Science