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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:

  • Introduction to Forensic Science I and II
  • Written Communication
  • Business/Civil Law
  •  Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Policing in America
  • Corrections in America
  • Criminal Evidence and Court Procedures
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
  • Restorative Justice
  • Professional Ethics
  • Court Organization and Operation
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Mass Communications
  • Professional Speech
  • Communication Ethics
  • Principles of Economics I and II
  • Technical Writing
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Law
  • Western Civilization
  • US History I and II
  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Civil Rights in America
  • US History Since 1945
  • Women’s History in America
  • Employment Law
  • Health, Safety, and Security
  • Labor Relations
  • The Helping Relationship
  • Human Services Systems
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Profiles in Leadership
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Dynamics of Leadership Application
  • Philosophy I and II
  • American National Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Constitutional/Criminal Law
  • Comparative Government
  • Public Policy
  • Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology of Trauma
  • Ethics and Issues in Psychology
  • The Sociology of Social Problems
  • Social Deviance

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