Pre-Law Certificate Program
Law schools do not 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. At St. Norbert, students may choose to complete the Pre-Law Certificate program that provides students the opportunity to hone those 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 requires students seeking a Pre-Law Certificate to complete sixteen credits divided among four areas and a zero-credit evaluation 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 the law. The last two provide students the opportunity to explore the many faceted field of the law through both empirical and normative approaches to their studies.
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. Please note that students may not apply to any more than two (2) courses listed below to satisfy major requirements (the practice of double-dipping).
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
Logical and Critical Thinking (one of the following)
- CSCI 150 Applications of Discrete Structures
- MATH 250 Advanced Foundation of Mathematics
- PHIL 210 Logic
Empirical Perspectives on the Law (one of the following)
- ECON 102 Microeconomics
- PSYC 212 Abnormal Psychology
- SOCI 122 Criminology
- SOCI 228 Corrections in American Society
Normative Perspectives on the Law (one of the following)
- PEAC 266 Human Dignity and Responsibility
- PHIL 275 Bioethics
- PHIL 315 Ethics
- PHIL 316 Modern Political Thought
- POLI 317 American Political Thought
- THRS Christian Ethics: Theology and Society
A senior assessment is required of all candidates.
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.