Philosophy Pre-Law - Certificate
The Department of Philosophy offers a Pre-law Certificate that is primarily guided by the published recommendations of the American Bar Association (A.B.A.).1 The A.B.A. encourages prospective law students to pursue classes that cultivate a set of skills that will enhance the study of law. The study of philosophy lends itself to the development these recommended skills. To this end, Philosophy’s Pre-law Certification requires that students take classes that typically cultivate the A.B.A’s recommended skill set:
- Problem Solving involves “courses and other experiences that will engage [students] in critical thinking about important issues, challenge ... beliefs and improve ... tolerance for uncertainty and criticism.”1
- Critical Reading involves “close reading and critical analysis of complex textual material.”1
- Writing and Editing involves “preparing original pieces of substantial length and revising written work in response to constructive criticism. [...] Language is the most important tool of a lawyer, and lawyers must learn how to express themselves clearly and concisely.”1
- Oral Communication and Listening involves “the ability to speak clearly and persuasively... and excellent listening skills.”1
- Research involves “undertaking a project that requires significant library research and the analysis of large amounts of information obtained from that research.”1
The Certification requires students to take 12 hours of classes, including courses in communication, logic, and political and legal philosophy. Students pursuing the certificate must enroll through an advisor before completing 105 credit hours. As they complete the certificate, students must enroll in 0 credit hours of PHIL 491. The only requirement for this section of PHIL 491 is the submission of a philosophical writing sample, which may be a piece of writing previously submitted for PHIL 332 or PHIL 334.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|COMM 203||Public Speaking 1||3|
|or COMM 243||or Argumentation and Debate|
|PHIL 240||Introduction to Logic 1||3|
|PHIL 332||Social and Political Philosophy 1||3|
|PHIL 334||Philosophy of Law 1||3|
|PHIL 491||Research 2,3||0|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||12|
Must earn a grade of C or higher.
Must be taken after or concurrent with the completion of the other credit hours for the certificate. Students must submit a philosophical writing sample, which may be a piece of writing previously submitted for PHIL 332 or PHIL 334.
Students must sign up for the certificate through an advisor before completing 105 credit hours.