The Pre-Law Program at Saint Xavier University assists students in all majors who plan to seek admission to law school or a legal career after graduation. It recommends courses to better prepare students for the Law School Aptitude Test (LSATs) and provides advising, mentoring, various activities and resources to support academic and career planning efforts.
Saint Xavier University provides a Pre-Law Handbook (PDF) for students considering the legal profession, or legal study, and for candidates applying to law school. This handbook (PDF) is designed to help students at every stage of their undergraduate studies at SXU.
A legal career can be a rewarding profession. At its best, legal practice challenges the intellect, demanding the exercise of reason and judgment. The ethics of the profession requires attorneys to promote justice, fairness and morality; thus, legal careers can bring particular satisfaction to those who seek to work to promote social justice within the law.
Recommended Courses for Pre-Law Students
According to the American Bar Association, there are no recommended undergraduate majors or groups of courses designated as "pre-law" education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. However, undergraduate students who consider entering a law school and pursuing a legal career are encouraged to take an area of study that interests and challenges them, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop their research and writing skills. An excellent way to prepare for a legal education is to take a broad range of difficult courses. These courses include those which cultivate and enhance basic skills of analytic problem solving, critical reading, writing, oral communication, general research, and task organization and management. Also strongly recommended are those that offer a broad understanding of history and the development of American society, a fundamental grasp of political thought and the contemporary American political system, some familiarity with mathematics for financial and evidentiary analysis, a basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction, and fundamental knowledge of international institutions, world events, and globalization.
The following courses are highly recommended; many of them may be taken as part of general education course work.
For Basic Skills
- PHIL 210: Logic and Argument (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in philosophy)
- ENGL 350: Advanced Writing
- ENGL 354: Business and Professional Writing
- MATH 112: College Algebra (fulfills GE Level I requirement in mathematics)
- PHIL 306: Early Modern Philosophy (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in philosophy)
- MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I
- COMM 313: Persuasion
- POLSC 260: Mock Trial I
For Broad General Knowledge Base
- CJ 214: Law, Courts and Justice
- POLSC 101: U.S. Government (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in social sciences)
- POLSC 102: World Politics (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in social sciences)
- POLSC 308: American Constitutional Law
- HIST 103: United States History to 1877 (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in history)
- HIST 104: United States History Since 1877 (fulfills one GE Level II requirement in history)
- PSYCH 306: Social Psychology
Students are highly encouraged to take other law-related courses at SXU.
Planning for Law School Admission
Students who plan to seek admission to law school should maintain a 3.3+ GPA throughout their undergraduate education and obtain a minimum 156 LSAT score.
Pre-Law Program Resources:
- One-on-one pre-law advising and mentoring
- Mock Trial Team
- Internship opportunities
- LSAT preparation
- Law school application workshop
- Career preparation events
- Affiliation with the Pre-Law Society (student organization)
Dr. Shannon Ambrose (Department of English and Foreign Languages)
Dr. Matthew Costello (Department of History and Political Sciences)
Dr. Nelson Hathcock (Department of English and Foreign Languages)
Dr. Nan-Nan Lee (Department of Philosophy)
Dr. Arthur Morton (Department of Philosophy)
M. Costello, Faculty Liaison
C. O'Hara, Program Administrator