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Pre-law Certificate Program

Law schools do not require or even suggest the pursuit of a narrow or specialized degree in law to gain admission. Instead, law schools seek students who have mastered particular skills related to the practice of law, including the ability to read critically, think logically, and write clearly and persuasively. At St. Norbert, students may choose to complete the Pre-Law Certificate program that provides students the opportunity to hone these particular skills in a manner necessary for admission to, and success in, law school, while earning recognition for the effort on their academic transcript. The program is open to students of all majors.

The program requires students seeking a Pre-Law Certificate to complete six courses divided among three areas. The first begins to provide a foundation in the law and legal interpretation. The second helps to establish critical skills particularly applicable to the practice of law. The last provides students the opportunity to explore the many-faceted field of law, and skills related to legal practice. The intention is to encourage students from a variety of majors to think seriously about their interest in the practice of law and to guide them in selecting particularly applicable electives over and above their major.

The Law (2 courses for the following list)

  • Business Law (BUAD 390)
  • Media Law and Regulation (COME 364)
  • Con Law: Institutional Powers (POLI 341)
  • Con Law: Civil Rights/Liberties (POLI 342)

Foundational Skills for the Legal Profession (2 courses from the following list)

  • Logic (PHIL 210)
  • Persuasion (COME 324)
  • Professional Writing (ENGL 306)
  • Business and Professional Speaking (COME 322)
  • Mock Trial (POLI 289)

Electives in Law-Related Skills (2 courses from the following list)

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 212)
  • Criminology (SOCI 122)
  • Statistics for Business and Economics (BUAD 284) or Basic Statistics (SSCI 224)
  • Judicial Process and Behavior (POLI 337)
  • Principles of Interpersonal Communication (COME 122)
  • Microeconomics (ECON 102)
  • Introduction to Peace and Justice (PEAC 200)
  • Ethics (PHIL 315)
  • Classical and Medieval Political Thought (PHIL 314) or Modern Political Thought (PHIL 316)
  • Basic Acting (THEA 202)

Students may apply to the Pre-Law Adviser for course substitutions in limited circumstances.