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Pre-Law Minor

Minor in Pre-Law

This 21 hour minor allows exposure to a variety of skills identified as crucial to success in the study of law and a variety of legal career settings. Skills such as written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving, self development, and citizenship are useful for the study of law. This minor allows students to structure a minor outside of their identified major that describes the rigors of a legal education. The Pre-Law Minor allows a student to select from courses from over 15 departments at SIUE that continue to improve those previously identified critical skills. Whether or not law school is the ultimate goal, this Minor can be useful to spark an interest in justice issues. A student may take no more than two courses from a specific department to fulfill the minor requirements (Law and Society does not count towards a specific department), and must take a minimum of four courses at either 300 or 400 level at SIUE to successfully complete the minor.

Admission Requirements

Students must successfully complete (earn a grade of C or better) in ENG 102 and RA 101.

Retention Standards

A grade of C or better in all minor coursework is required.

Required Courses (Total 21 credit hours)

CJ 348/PHIL 348/POLS 392 (3 hours)

Skills Courses

 Required Introductory Course to the Minor

  • CJ 348/PHIL 348/POLS 392: Law and Society


Written (at least 1 required, and others may be taken as electives)

  • ENG      201 Intermediate Composition
  • ENG      332 Argument
  • ENG      334 Scientific Writing
  • ENG      490 Advanced Composition
  • POLS     292 Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing

Oral Communication (at least 1 required and others may be taken as electives)

  • ACS      200 Advanced Public Speaking
  • ACS      204 Oral Argumentation
  • ACS      300 Communication in Interviewing
  • ACS      304 Conflict Management and Communication

Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Logic (at least 1 required and others may be taken as electives)

  • ECON     331 Labor Economics
  • MATH     223 Logic and Mathematical Reasoning
  • PHIL       212 Inductive Logic
  • PHIL       213 Introduction to Deductive Logic
  • PSYC      206 Social Psychology
  • PSYC      208 Cognitive Psychology

Interdisciplinary Courses (elective)

  • IS 350/WST      350:  Women in Social Institutions
  • IS courses as      approved by the Pre-Law Coordinator


Legal Studies (two required, one from each section and others may be taken as electives)

   Principles of Law (at least 1 required)

  • CJ          206 Principles of Criminal Law
  • CJ          207 Criminal Procedure
  • POLS      390* The Judicial System or CJ 410 Judicial Process (cannot take both for Pre-Law Interdisciplinary Minor credit)
  • POLS      495* Constitutional Law: Powers of Government
  • POLS      496* Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


  Theory or Application of Law (at least 1 required and others may be taken as electives)

  • ACCT      340 Business Law for Accountants
  • CJ          465 Theories of a Just Society
  • CNST      310 Legal Aspects of Land Surveying
  • CNST      411 Construction Contracts**
  • ENSC      402/POLS497 Environmental Law
  • HIST       201 US History and Constitution 
  • MC         401 Media Law & Policy
  • PHIL       340 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL       343/POLS 391 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL       440/POLS 484 Classical Political Theory
  • PHIL       441/POLS 485 Modern Political Theory
  • PHIL       498/POLS 498 Legal Theory
  • POLS      424* Administrative Law
  • POLS      499* Public Law


Elective Courses

NOTE:  Students may select one course from these areas, or may choose to take a course from the above-referenced Skills Courses to meet this Elective requirement.


Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Logic

  • ACCT      200 Introduction to Principles of Accounting
  • ECON      111 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON      112 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MS          250 Mathematical Methods for Business Analysis
  • MS          251 Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions
  • POLS       300* Introduction to Political Analysis
  • STAT       107 Concepts of Statistics
  • STAT       244 Statistics

Applications / Extensions of Law

  • ANTH      312 Contemporary Native Americans
  • ANTH      350 Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH      359 Law, Politics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH      366 Biology of Human Behavior
  • ANTH      369 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • PHIL       222  Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL       225 Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHIL       320  Ethics
  • PHIL       321  Ethics in the Medical Community
  • PSYC      320 Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC      365 Group Dynamics and Individual Behavior
  • PSYC      431 Psychopathology


Written Communication

  • ENG      369 Grammatical Analysis
  • ENG      405 Pragmatics
  • ENG      409 Syntax
  • ENG      416 Language and Society
  • ENG      491 Technical and Business Writing

Oral Communication

  • ACS      305 Listening
  • ACS      430 Persuasion and Social Influence
  • THEA    112a Core: Acting 1
  • THEA    210 Improvisation
  • POLS    410* Legal Internship or CJ 398 Pre-Law Program Internship Independent Study
    • (cannot take both for Pre-Law Interdisciplinary Minor credit)

* For those students accepted to the Pre-Law minor, Political Science may waive prerequisites.  Please meet with the instructor of the appropriate course.

**  Students may take CNST 341 Plans and Specifications without meeting the prerequisites only with the consent of the instructor.

Pre-Law Minor courses are listed in their respective Departmental Course Descriptions section.

For more information, please contact the Pre-Law Mentor.

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