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The University of the Pacific offers students the opportunity to complete a Pre-Law minor, which consists of six courses that are also aimed at helping to prepare students for the rigors of law school. For more information about the minor contact Dr. Jeffrey Becker, Political Science Department, Wendell Phillips Center 124, phone 209.946.3986.
General Requirements for the Pre-Law Minor
A Pre-Law minor is designed to prepare students for the rigors of law school. The Pre-Law minor is expected to take six courses for a minimum of 21 units, 12 of which must be taken at Pacific.
- A total of at least 21 units must be taken to complete the minor (6 courses).
- Only 2 courses can be transferred from a community college, and none can fulfill the Area I requirement.
- At least 12 of the 21 units taken for the Pre-Law minor must be taken at Pacific.
- No more than 3 courses can be taken from a single academic department.
- All courses must be taken for a grade.
- Courses with grades lower than a C- will not be counted.
- Students must fill out a minor request form to declare the minor.
- Students must fill out a completion form when they finish the minor.
Courses Required for the Pre-Law Minor
Area I: Law (TWO law courses are required — ONE from section 1 and ONE from section 2)
- Section one
POLS 122 - Constitutional Law
POLS 124 - Constitutional Law: American Civil Liberties
POLS 126 - Criminal Law
- Section two
BUSI 53 - The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
INTL 167 – Introduction to International Law
SPTS 165 - Sports Law
BUSI 127 – Legal Aspects of Real Estate
BUSI 157 – Commercial Law
BUSI 167 – International Business Law
MMGT 153 – Entertainment Law
Area II: Communications (ONE course is required from the following)
- COMM 27 - Public Speaking
- COMM 114 - Argumentation and Advocacy
- ENGL 25 - English 25
Area III: Philosophy (ONE course is required from the following)
- PHIL 21 - Moral Problems
- PHIL 27 - Fundamentals of Ethics
- PHIL 37 - Introduction to Logic
- PHIL 106 - Philosophy of Law
Area IV: Business Admin/Statistics (ONE course is required from the following)
- BUSI 31 - Principles of Financial Accounting
- MATH 35 - Elementary Statistical Inference
- MATH 37 - Introduction to Statistics and Probability
- SOCI 171 - Social Research Methods
- POLS 133 - Political Science Research
- INTL 101 - International Research Methods
- ECON 190 - Econometrics
- ECON 161 - Computer Application in Economics
Area V: Social Sciences (One course is required from the following, or a combination of two international law symposiums. If a student has taken 3 courses from the above lists from a single department, the Area V course must be from outside that department).
- ECON 53 - Introductory Microeconomics
- ECON 55 - Introductory Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy
- POLS 41 - U.S. Government & Politics
- POLS 119 - Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
- POLS 120 - The Judicial Process
- POLS 162 - International Organization
- PSYC 31 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 111 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 167 - Psychology and the Law
- SOCI 132 - Corrections
- SOCI 133 - Criminology
- SOCI 135 - Deviant Behavior