English, Pre-law

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree BA, English

Department Chair Patrick Hamilton, PhD

For information contact Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD

English majors interested in the legal profession may specialize in pre-law. Misericordia University’s pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The combination of English and pre-law makes an excellent preparation for the LSAT.

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the ability to think creatively and critically with thoroughness and independence.

Upon satisfactory completion of the major program requirements and the pre-law program requirements, the student will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a pre-law specialization. English, pre-law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the university and of the major as stated in the catalog for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school.

Pre-law students should register at the pre-law director’s office, where advice on course selection and information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools can be obtained.

Students in the English, pre-law specialization must complete the following requirements in addition to those in the English Major and University’s Core Curriculum; the total number of credits required for graduation with the English, pre-law specialization is 121.

First Year Requirements (6 credits)

POL 100: American National Government (3 credits)

POL 103: Global Politics (3 credits)

Second Year Requirements (6 credits)

POL 210: Introduction to the American Legal System(3 credits)

POL 211: The Trial in American Life (3 credits)

Third Year Requirements (6 credits)

POL 410: American Constitutional Law (3 credits)

POL 411: Constitutional Encounters (3 credits)

Fourth Year Requirements (12 credits)

POL 450: Law Internship I (3 credits)

POL 451: Law Internship II (3 credits)

BUS 352: Business Law (3 credits)

POL Elective (3 credits)