This specialized major prepares students for admission to and academic success in law school. Students graduate with a critical understanding of the values with which the law deals, the nature of human beings and the physical universe, the social, economic and political structures of society, and the cultural heritage of Western society. Pre-law majors gain skills in reasoning, analysis and synthesis.

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Program Highlights

  • Curriculum designed to provide a rich background, foundational to law school, in history, philosophy, federal and Missouri law
  • Classes and speeches presented by local practicing lawyers
  • Real-world experience in law offices as a capstone experience
  • National Mock Trial competitions provide simulated courtroom experience
  • Development of academic skills necessary for the LSAT and law school
  • Small classes and one-on-one attention
  • Mentoring relationships with professors provide the basis for high-quality letters of recommendation
  • Established relationships with area law firms and professionals in the field
  • Focus on communication skills essential for teamwork, presenting a case, and writing or negotiating legal documents.

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Career Opportunities

  • Attorney
  • Federal Investigator
  • Politics and Political Consultant
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Local, State, and Federal Governmental Agencies

In-Field Learning Experiences

  • Senior capstone course requires students to work with law offices in St. Louis in many aspects of legal practice.
  • Options to work with local congressional representatives or officers in local politics
  • Internships at Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can be arranged


Graduate Successes

  • Citibank – In-house council
  • Paralegal on Wall Street
  • Currently in law school

Pre-Law Course Samples

  • HST 340

    American Social History

    3 credits

    Study of America from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing the forces that divided the united American society-assimilation of minority groups, the influence of religious institutions, and the impact of industrialization and urbanization.

  • SSC 450

    Capstone/Pre-Law Practicum

    6 credits

    The pre-law student works in a legal setting for 200 hours during a semester of the senior year and keeps a weekly journal of their experiences.

  • HST 366

    Trends That Shaped the Modern World

    3 credits

    Study of the major political, economic, intellectual, and social developments which characterize the period from the fall of Napoleon I to the beginning of World War I; focus on “isms:” nationalism, liberalism, industrialism, socialism, and imperialism. Applications in the twentieth century.

Pre-Law Career Opportunities

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