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>Legal Studies Minor
 
Aquinas College offers the type of demanding liberal arts education that is effective in preparing students to become successful in both law school and the legal profession.
 
Law schools and the American Bar Association point out that no specific set of courses prepares one for law school. Law schools prefer that you reserve your legal study for law school and fill your undergraduate curriculum with broad, diverse, and challenging courses.
 
There are, however, general backgrounds of knowledge that one should possess in order to have a full appreciation of the legal system in general, to understand how disputes might be resolved, to understand and apply various legal principles and standards, and to appreciate the context in which a legal problem or dispute arises. These include:
 
  1. A broad understanding of history (particularly American);
  2. A fundamental understanding of political thought and philosophy;
  3. A basic understanding of ethical theory and theories of justice;
  4. A grounding in economics, particularly micro-economic theory;
  5. Basic mathematical and financial skills;
  6. A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction;
  7. An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States; and
  8. Skills in writing, oral communication, and general research.
 
Completion of a four-year degree is preferred. Students should not take the Credit/No Credit option for any letter-graded courses. Satisfactory completion of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is required. The College offers free practice tests each semester. PH111 (Logic) is recommended. Students should also maintain a grade-point-average of 3.0 or better for a reasonable chance of admission to law school. Pre-Law students are encouraged to join the student Pre-Law Club which provides speakers, forums, and activities involving the legal profession. Aquinas College offers a credit course titled, "Moot Court," offered each fall semester, where Aquinas teams compete against other undergraduate schools in federal appellate advocacy at tournaments sponsored by the Intercollegiate Moot Court Association. Students should consider the Legal Studies Minor which is designed for students who are seeking to gain a greater understanding of the roll of law and the legal system. The Legal Studies Minor is recommended for students preparing for law school and careers with a salient legal aspect (e.g. politics, business, law
enforcement, criminal justice, and government work).
 
Legal Studies Minor
This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students who are seeking to gain a greater understanding of the role of law in our society. In addition, the program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in law or law related careers (e.g. politics, business, law
enforcement, and government work).
 
Requirements of Legal Studies Minor:
Twenty-one(21) semester hours(18 required, 3 elective). Students must earn a C- or better in a class in order for it to count toward the minor. At
least 15 credit hours of this Minor must be taken at Aquinas College.
 

I. Core:
The following courses are required:

  • PS 314 – Constitutional Law I (3)
  • PS 315 – Constitutional Law II (3)
  • BS 331 – Business Law I (3)
  • BS 332 – Business Law II (3)
  • PS 316 – Moot Court (3)
  • SY 261 – Criminology (3) OR SY 263 – Juvenile Delinquency (3)

II. Electives:
One 3 credit course from the following list is required:

  • PH 251 – Philosophy of Law (3)
  • PS/PH 250 – Legal Issues for Women (3)
  • PS 389 – National Security Policy/ Law (3)
  • PS 390 – International Law (3)
  • KN 402 – Sport Law (3)
  • MG 605 – Health Care Law (3)
 

III. Highly Recommended and/or Prerequisites:
The following list of courses are not required for the Minor but are highly recommended and/or Pre-Requisites to the required courses:

  • PH 111 – Logic (3)
  • EH 205 – Advanced Composition (3)
  • PS 101 – American Government and Politics (3)
  • HY 102 – American History (3)
  • PS 321 – American Political Thought (3)
  • PH/PS 218 History of Political Thought (3)
  • BS 375 – History of Business Regulation
 
Full course descriptions are available within the various departmental websites. (PS = Political Science, BS = Business Administration, SY = Sociology, PH = Philosophy, KN = Kinesiology, EH = English, MG = Management, HY = History).