Pre-Law - Minor

College of Arts and Sciences
104 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
www.kent.edu/cas


Description

The Pre-Law minor provides a background for the study of law through challenging coursework that reinforces and extends the liberal arts foundation gained through the Kent Core. It prepares students for advanced analytical and writing dexterity, and introduces them to the social and governmental structures that underlie the law.
 

No specific course of study is required for admission to law school. Most law schools, including all in Ohio, require a bachelor’s degree for admission. The bachelor’s degree may be from any discipline or college at Kent State University.

Law schools emphasize the value of reading comprehension, analytical skills and a good command of written English. While these skills can be obtained in various ways, a general liberal arts background is recommended. Courses in English literature, American history and government are considered essential. Many pre-law students choose a major in political science, history, sociology, psychology, economics or English. A Bachelor of Integrative Studies is suitable if carefully planned.

Law schools vary considerably in their admission requirements. Most place major emphasis on the overall GPA and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Students usually take this test about one year before beginning law school, but it is highly recommended that students take the exam in June before their last year as an undergraduate.

Students considering law as a career should seek individual advising from the pre-law advisors in the Department of Political Science or in the students’ major department. A list of pre-law advisors is available in the college office. Consultation with a pre-law advisor is urged, regardless of the students’ major, minor or college. The Department of Political Science can also supply information on LSAT registration, pre-law planning guides, information on law school admissions and financial aid information. The department sponsors a pre-law club. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in mock trial and moot court activities as well as legal internships. The Department of Political Science and the Office of Continuing and Distance Education offer an LSAT Preparation Course before the June offering of the LSAT.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus
  • Stark Campus

Admission Requirements

Admission to a minor is open to students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree (not Individualized Program major). Students enrolled only in the A.A. or A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree in Individualized Program may not declare a minor. Students may not pursue a minor and a major in the same discipline.

 

Minor Requirements

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Minor Requirements
CACM 11001INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (DIVD) (KSS) 3
ENG 30064ARGUMENTATIVE PROSE WRITING 3
PHIL 11009CRITICAL THINKING (KADL) 3
POL 30130THE JUDICIAL PROCESS 3
Electives, choose from the following (three courses, one each from the following areas):9
Social Science
AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES (DIVD)
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
History, Philosophy and Justice
ISSUES IN LAW AND SOCIETY (KSS)
DEVELOPMENT OF JUSTICE IN AMERICA
AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 1876-PRESENT (DIVD)
PHILOSOPHY AND JUSTICE (DIVD)
PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Conflict Management and Legal Practices
NEGOTIATION
RECONCILIATION VERSUS REVENGE:TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE (DIVG) (WIC)
MEDIATION:THEORY AND TRAINING
HIGH IMPACT PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING
MOOT COURT I
MOOT COURT II
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Minor GPA
2.00
  • Students must complete at least two upper-division (30000 or 40000 level) courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).

  • Maximum three courses counted toward the students’ major may be counted toward the pre-law minor.
  • It is recommended that students pursuing the pre-law minor give strong consideration to the following courses in fulfillment of the Kent Core Requirements or college general requirements:
    • In the humanities and fine arts category: HIST 12070, HIST 12071, COMM 15000 COMM 26000, PAS 23001 and PAS 23002
    • In the social sciences category: CRIM 12000, ECON 22061 and POL 10100
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consider prerequisites of advanced courses in the pre-law minor as they select their Kent Core courses or college general requirements.