2017-2018 College Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog

Legal Studies, Pre-Law History/Political Science Specialization, B.A.

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Department Chairperson - Dr. Julie Smith

Picture of a ClassroomThe Pre-Law Program at Mount Aloysius College is designed to prepare students to compete successfully for admission to law school and to excel in the unique law school environment. With this focus in mind, the curriculum provides a foundation in the liberal arts, American historical and political processes, ethics and the law.

Additionally, the program is committed to the pre-law educational objectives recommended by the American Bar Association’s section on pre-law education. Therefore, the program has adopted the following outcomes:

  1. appreciate the benefits of a liberal arts education that includes the arts, sciences, humanities, and technology;
  2. employ skill in close reading and critical analysis of complex textual material such as statutes and case law;
  3. demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in legal writing including memoranda and briefs;
  4. engage in legal research, including computer-based research, and to synthesize and analyze information gained from the research to answer legal questions;
  5. orally articulate clear and persuasive legal arguments;
  6. organize and apply information in an efficient manner to produce common legal documents such as pleadings;
  7. understand the importance of the American historical and political systems and how they have influenced the development of the present society;
  8. demonstrate a broad understanding of areas of substantive law, including torts, contracts, civil law, criminal law, business law and constitutional law; and
  9. Enable the pursuit of graduate study or law school or employment in a wide range of legal careers.

Core Course Requirements


Upper Division Literature

  • EN 300/400 3 Credits


  • AR, EN, MU, TH 3 Credits

History/Political Science


  • BL or CH or SC 3 Credits

Information Communication Technologies

Religious Studies/Philosophy

Social Science

  • See Specialization 3 Credits
  • CR, EC, GE, PY, SO, WS 3 Credits

Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 45 Credits

Major Course Requirements

Total Credits in Major: 39 Credits

(includes 3 credits in the core)

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits for Other Coursework: 12 Credits

Pre-Law History/Political Science Specialization

Social Science Requirement:

Total Credits for Specialization: 15 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 11-12 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 120 Credits

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