Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Pre Law and Political Process
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Pre Law and Legal Process at Our Lady of the Lake University provides students with a deeper understanding of law in society.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE – PRE LAW AND LEGAL PROCESS The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Pre Law and Legal Process at Our Lady of the Lake University strives to provide students with a deeper understanding of law in society, including how law and legal systems connect with ordinary people and with systems of power and privilege. A specialization in pre-law will give graduates striving to attend law school, or graduate school specializing in legal studies or paralegal studies, more expertise and a guided curriculum. The program offers extensive real-world experience through mock trial courses, practice and preparation for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), service learning and an internship. Students will also benefit from Pre-Law Advisers, faculty mentors who will provide them with advice about the complex process of how to prepare for law school, how to choose a law school, and how to prepare for the LSAT. SAMPLE COURSES Law School Preparation and Intro to Legal System – This course introduces students to the basics of the U.S. legal system. It also prepares students for the LSAT, provides guidance on how to decide where to apply to law school, helps students understand why they want to go to law school and introduces students to the theory of legal education. Mock Trial I and II – These courses provide students with the basics and review of trial procedure through the use of simulations and mock trials. The main goal of these courses is to impart the fundamentals necessary for successful participation in intercollegiate mock trial competitions and to lay the groundwork for more advanced study in law school. The majority of class time in the second half of each course will be spent in “hands on” practice of techniques in mock trials. International Relations and Law – This course provides an analysis of the international system, policy formulation process and selected problems on the international scene. Topics may include military conflicts, aid, conflict resolution, environment and space. Senior Seminar in Legal Studies – A capstone course for pre-law seniors that explores and summarizes selected areas of government, law and the public arena. “OLLU has a wonderful Political Science Department. I feel that through the courses I have taken that I am prepared for graduate school and my future. I believe that with hard work any student can be successful in this department.” -- Sabrina Gonzales BA Political Science, Spring 2011 OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS 411 S.W. 24th Street • San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689 210-431-3961 or 1-800-436-6558 firstname.lastname@example.org Apply online at www.ollusa.edu/apply CAREERS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE A bachelor’s degree in political science can lead to careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; and journalism. THE UNIVERSITY Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. A multicampus, regional university, OLLU has campuses in San Antonio, The Woodlands (Houston) and the Rio Grande Valley. The University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, more than 14 master’s degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. Academic degree programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU incorporates a technology-rich curriculum in all areas of study, and provides access to a wide variety of high-tech resources. Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Sept. 2014 “I am so grateful to have studied in the Political Science Department at OLLU. My professors were passionate about their subjects which made learning and discussing the material so much easier and more effective. The small classes provided perfect opportunities for real-world discussions, allowing us, the students, to share our views and ideas with each other in a way that helped us all grasp the subject at hand. My awareness of the world around me has increased significantly, and I wouldn’t trade my time spent at OLLU for anything. I highly recommend it to anyone considering a career in Political Science.” -- C. Matt Graff, BA Political Science, 2012 HONOR SOCIETY AND STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS Participation in the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, opens opportunities for scholarships and the development of leadership skills. The department also sponsors the Law and Politics Society, an outlet for leadership development, networking and community service. FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: John M. Trayhan, PhD Associate Professor Political Science Program Head Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Dept. 210-434-6711, ext. 2267 email@example.com Leda M. Barnett, PhD Assistant Professor of Political Science 210-434-6711, ext. 2693 firstname.lastname@example.org