Preparing for Graduate Study

Regardless of whether you choose to officially pursue a minor in Legal Studies, there are numerous courses at UST that will assist students in deciding whether or not a career in the legal field is right for them, and, if so, to develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school and beyond.  The best preparation for the study of law is a rigorous undergraduate program that combines depth of study in a major field with breadth of study in the liberal arts. The only true criterion for choice of a major is that it challenge the student’s intellectual capabilities.  Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to develop their skills in both written and verbal expression, as these will be imperative for successfully engaging in the field of law.

Irrespective of major, pre-law students (and students considering graduate school more generally) should include as wide a selection of the following courses, listed alphabetically by departmental designation, as their degree program allows.  Please note that some of these courses do require pre-requisites.  Each is beneficial for:

A. Increasing their knowledge of law

  • BLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
  • BLAW 303 International Business Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 352 Gender Issues and the Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 353 Employment and Labor Law (4 credits)
  • BLAW 401 Legal Research, Advocacy, and Dispute Resolution (4 credits)
  • BLAW 403 Marketing Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 336 Media Law (4 credits)
  • ECON 321 Law and Economics (4 credits)
  • ECON 332 Industrial Organization (4 credits)
  • HIST 365 U.S. Constitutional History (4 credits)
  • POLS 205 Introduction to the American Public Policy Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 311 Political Trials (4 credits)
  • POLS 312 Judicial Process (4 credits)
  • POLS 313 Constitutional Law and Politics (4 credits)
  • POLS 314 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (4 credits)
  • POLS 326 International Law and Organizations (4 credits)
  • POLS 414 Seminar in Law and Judicial Politics (4 credits)

B. Fostering critical thinking about society

  • PHIL 357 Political Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 359 Philosophy of Law (4 credits)
  • POLS 373 Political Thought from Marx to the Present (4 credits)
  • POLS 375 American Political Thought (4 credits)

C. Developing useful skills, competencies, and analytical abilities relevant to the field of law

  • ACCT 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting (4 credits)
  • ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 276 Argumentation and Advocacy (4 credits)
  • COJO 366 Persuasion (4 credits)
  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 355 Game Theory (4 credits)
  • ENGL 251 Writing in the Academy (4 credits)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits) or MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • PHIL 220 Logic (4 credits)