Although there is no formal pre-law curriculum at Linfield (because this is not recommended by law schools), the college offers rigorous academic preparation for legal education. In addition to offering several law-related courses (The Study of Law, Comparative Law, The Judicial Process, and American Civil Rights and Liberties) Linfield pre-law students experience a broad and inclusive liberal arts education. Our graduates who have gone on to law school report that their Linfield experience helped prepare them for law school and that they have a solid basis upon which to undertake the rigorous study of law at the graduate level.
GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:
1-2 courses in potential major/minor interest area
1-2 courses to fulfill Linfield Curriculum
Linfield students may wish to consider taking some of the following courses to develop skills and learn about the field of law:
BNSS 340 Business Law I
BNSS 440 Business Law II
ECON 210 Principles of Economics
ECON 352 Economics of the Law
MSCM/POLS 337 Mass Media Law and Ethics
PHIL 190 Logic
PHIL 360 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 365 Social & Political Philosophy Classics
POLS 201 American Politics
POLS 225 Study of Law
POLS/RELS 315 Politics and Religion
POLS 320 Law, Rights, and Justice
POLS 335 Topics in Public Policy
TCCA 140 Public Speaking
TCCA 147 Debate Practicum
TCCA 340 Persuasion and Social Influence
TCCA 355 Topics in U.S. Public Address
There is no required major for law school.
Law schools accept majors from all departments. Students should find a major they enjoy and do well at it. Overall grade point average (GPA) and academic success are more important parts of the law school application than a particular major. Law schools are looking for students who excel in intense undergraduate programs, proving that they can be successful in the rigors of law school.
There is no prerequisite coursework for law school.
Students should plan on taking courses that are challenging and help them to hone writing skills and improve reading comprehension. They need strong analytical reasoning, problem solving abilities, and oral presentation to succeed in law school.