Pre-Law  
 

Degrees / Courses

 
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.
The curriculum at Aquinas College focuses on the development of these intellectual abilities and skills, extremely successful legal careers have been started by students from a wide variety of academic majors. Aquinas graduates with majors ranging from Political Science, History, and English to Biology, German, and Sport Management have been successful in law school.