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Pre-law certificate program

St. Norbert College and Marquette University Law School Partnership Certificate

Law schools don't require, nor 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. As part of the St. Norbert College and Marquette University Law School partnership, students may choose to complete the Pre-law Certificate Program that provides the opportunity to hone those particular skills in a manner necessary for admission to, and success in, law school, while earning recognition on their academic transcript.

Pre-law mission

The mission of the Pre-Law Certificate Program is to provide intensive advisement to students regarding course work, internships, off-campus study opportunities and law school application preparation in order that students may discern if the law is an appropriate vocational pursuit. The expectation is that students will develop the ability to read critically, think logically and write clearly and persuasively. This process will ensure that students are equipped to succeed with the completion of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the process of application to law school.

Pre-law curriculum

The program requires students seeking a pre-law certificate to complete 16 credits divided among four areas and a zero-credit assessment course to be completed during the final semester of a candidate’s program of study. The first area begins to provide a foundation in the law and legal interpretation. The second helps to establish critical skills related to logical and critical thinking that are particularly applicable to the practice of law. The last two areas provide students the opportunity to explore the multi-faceted field of law through both empirical and normative approaches to their studies.

The intent 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. Please note that students may not apply to any more than two courses listed below to satisfy major requirements (the practice of double-dipping).

Area 1: The Law (one of the following)
BUAD 390 Business Law
PHIL 282 Law, Morality and Punishment
POLI 341 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
POLI 342 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights/Liberties
POLI 343 Administrative Law and Politics

Area 2: Logic and Critical Thinking (one of the following)
CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
MATH 250 Advanced Foundation of Mathematics
PHIL 210 Logic

Area 3: Empirical Perspectives on the Law (one of the following)
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics
PSYC 212 Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 122 Criminology
SOCI 228 Corrections in American Society

Area 4: Normative Perspectives on the Law (one of the following)
PEAC 266 Human Rights and Responsibilities
PHIL 275 Bioethics
PHIL 315 Ethics
PHIL 316 Modern Political Thought
POLI 317 American Political Thought
THRS 333 Christian Ethics: Theology and Society

A senior assessment is also required of all candidates:
PLAW 499 Senior Assessment
Substitutions will be permitted in limited circumstances and only with the permission of the pre-law advisory board.

Students may apply to the pre-law advisory board for course substitutions in limited circumstances.

Students applying for law school should take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December of their senior year to enable matriculation into law school the following fall. Information regarding the LSAT and the law-school admission process is available from the pre-law advisor.

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Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115