Pre-law programming at Concordia is grounded in the college’s strong liberal arts tradition. Preparatory courses are drawn from across the disciplines and help instill the skills and habits of mind that are beneficial to the study and practice of the law. Because there is no defined course of study for pre-law students, a pre-law advisor can help students identify which of the following courses and activities best fit their specific needs.

Supporting Coursework

Foundational Courses

The following courses address the foundations of law and the justice system and will assist students in assessing whether to pursue law as a vocation.

  • BUSN 305 – Introduction to Business Law
  • BUSN 377 – Healthcare Law
  • COM 422/ENG 422 – Mass Communication Law and Ethics
  • PHIL 331 – Philosophy of Law
  • PSC 362 – Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
  • PSC 363 – Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
  • SOC 322 – Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Courses to Enhance Skills and Capacities

The courses listed in this section develop skills in critical analysis and persuasive speaking and writing. They will also help students succeed on the Law School Admissions Test.

  • COM 203 – Argumentation
  • COM 305 – Advanced Public Speaking
  • ENG 316 – Business Writing
  • ENG 317 – Newswriting
  • ENG 371 – Grammar and Editing
  • PHIL 230 – Symbolic Logic

Contextual Courses

These courses provide broad contextual knowledge instrumental to understanding the application of the law.

  • BUS 201 – Principles of Global Economics
  • PHIL 110 – Thinking About Values
  • PSC 121 – Thinking About Politics
  • PSC 211 – U.S. Political System
  • PSYC 357 – Abnormal Psychology (Pre-requisite: PSYC 111S or 212S or consent of the instructor)
  • REL 379 – Religion, Race, and Social Justice
  • SOC 111 – Human Society
  • SOC 231 – Sociology of Families
  • SOC 328 – Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • SWK 150 – Social Work and Social Justice

Activities

The following activities develop foundational skills and expose students to law-related content:

  • Competitive speech and debate
  • Mock trial team
  • Job shadow opportunities with area law firms
  • Concordia College Pre-Law Lecture Series
  • Pre-Law Society student organization