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Pre-law

Although there is no single, prescribed pre-law path to law school or graduate level legal study at Keystone College, law schools commonly accept students with majors in many areas of undergraduate study. Applicants with such diverse majors as biological and physical science, business, communications, criminal justice, education, liberal studies, psychology, and the social sciences, among others – are routinely accepted into law school.

For pre-law, good writing and communications skills are essential, as well as exposure to history, political science, policy, and the social sciences. Keystone does recommend that in addition to courses in your chosen major, students take courses in writing, government, history, public policy, constitutional law, criminal justice, economics, ethics, legal theory, psychology, social science, and statistics. These courses will provide a strong base for the traditional law school curriculum.

Pre-Law Majors

If you are still undecided about your major, you may want to consider the following as possible preparation for law school:

Pre-Law Experiences

Before deciding on a pre-law major, you should learn what law school is about and what the practice of law is like in the real world. Keystone provides many learning opportunities to help you accomplish this, including:

  • Courses in workplace environments
  • Faculty that work within the legal system
  • Faculty that work in government
  • Internships
  • Job shadowing

Our Successful Graduates

Keystone graduates have attended the following law schools:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State Law School
  • University of Maryland

 

Curriculum Guide

Related courses offered for pre-law preparation:

A range of courses offered through different majors and programs at Keystone provides further preparation for law school. Some of those courses are:

  • BIOL 1135 & 2140  Introduction to Forensic Science I and II
  • BUSN 2130 Written Communication
  • BUSN 3150 Business/Civil Law
  • CJ 1115 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 2110 Criminology
  • CJ 2125 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 2135 Policing in America
  • CJ 2140 Corrections in America
  • CJ 3115 Criminal Evidence and Court Procedures
  • CJ 3135 Juvenile Justice System
  • CJ 3160 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
  • CJ 3175 Restorative Justice
  • CJ 3300 Professional Ethics
  • CJ 4120 Court Organization and Operation
  • COMM 1115 Interpersonal Communications
  • COMM 1120 Mass Communications
  • COMM 2110 Professional Speech
  • COMM 3300 Communication Ethics
  • ECON 2110 & 2115 Principles of Economics I and II
  • ENGL 3120 Technical Writing
  • ENVT 2120 Environmental Ethics
  • ENVT 3130 Environmental Law
  • HIST 1115 Western Civilization
  • HIST 1130 & 1135 US History I and II
  • HIST 2120 The Making of the Modern World
  • HIST 3110/POSC 3115 Civil Rights in America
  • HIST 3115 US History Since 1945
  • HIST 3125 Women’s History in America
  • HRM 2110 Employment Law
  • HRM 3115 Health, Safety, and Security
  • HRM 3130 Labor Relations
  • HSER 2115 The Helping Relationship
  • HSER 2120 Human Services Systems
  • JOUR 3300 Journalism Ethics
  • LEAD 1110 Foundations of Leadership
  • LEAD 3110 Profiles in Leadership
  • LEAD 3115 Civic Responsibility
  • LEAD 4910 Dynamics of Leadership Application
  • PHIL 1110 & 1115 Philosophy I and II
  • POSC 1110 American National Government
  • POSC 2110 State and Local Government
  • POSC 3110 Constitutional/Criminal Law
  • POSC 3120 Comparative Government
  • POSC 3130 Public Policy
  • PSYC 2240/MATH 2120 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC 3115 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3130 Psychopathology
  • PSYC 3145 Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 3150 Psychology of Trauma
  • PSYC 3330 Ethics and Issues in Psychology
  • SOCI 2120 The Sociology of Social Problems
  • SOCI 3120 Social Deviance

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