2001-2003 Academic Catalog
2003-2005 Academic Catalog
The College of St. Catherine offers no program in pre-law studies, per se, since the training of lawyers is the function of law schools and these schools warn against narrow pre-law studies. Rather, students should design a program giving breadth of study in the liberal arts, allowing themselves to develop the capacity for independent thinking, achieve the ability to express their thoughts with clarity and force, and acquire a grasp of the values of their civilization and the workings of the social and political world around them.
No particular undergraduate major is recommended for students intending to study law, although some have traditionally been thought more appropriate. Because lawyers must know how to write and speak well, majors in English or communications are appropriate. Because lawyers operate in a political world and need to develop an understanding of institutions of society and government and a critical grasp of the Western legal tradition, majors in political science or history are often recommended. Students who are thinking of specializing in a particular field of law might consider a major in a related field; thus, someone interested in business law might major in economics or business, those interested in criminal law might major in sociology or social work and those interested in environmental law in chemistry or biology. Alternatively, students may wish to double major or combine a major with a minor as a way to prepare more broadly or for multiple legal career options.
Whatever major pre-law students decide on, they should supplement it with certain courses that can help prepare them for a law career. They should be sure to have a mix of courses from the following list:
COMM 103 Public Speaking or Oral Communication
ENGL 200W, 306W, 400W English Composition and Writing
PHIL 210, 215, 220W, 300 Critical Thinking, Logic, Ethics and Philosophy of Law
BADM 211, 213 Accounting
ECON 261, 262 Economics
POSC 171W, 201, 307, 375 Political Science
HIST 320, 321 History
SOCI 250, 321, 334, 347 Sociology
Students should consult with the pre-law advisor, Dr. Garry Pech of the Philosophy Department, to design an appropriate program of study.
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