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 fields 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)
- BUAD 390 Business Law
- COME 364 Media Law and Regulation
- POLI 341 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
- POLI 342 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights/Liberties
Foundational Skills for the Legal Profession (2 courses from the following list)
- COME 322 Business and Professional Speaking
- COME 324 Persuasion
- ENGL 306 Professional Writing
- PHIL 105 Critical Thinking
- PHIL 210 Logic
- POLI 248 Trial Advocacy POLI 249 Mock Trial
Electives in Law-Related Skills (2 courses from the following list)
- BUAD 284 Statistics for Business and Economics or SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
- COME 122 Principles of Interpersonal Communication
- ECON 102 Microeconomics
- PEAC 200 Introduction to Peace and Justice
- PHIL 314 Classical and Medieval Political Thought or PHIL 316 Modern Political Thought PHIL 315 Ethics
- POLI 337 Judicial Process and Behavior
- PSYC 212 Abnormal Psychology
- SOCI 122 Criminology
- THEA 202 Basic Acting
Students must also maintain a GPA of 3.20.
Students may apply to the pre-law adviser 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.