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Mercyhurst University offers an interdisciplinary Pre-Law Minor to students in any major who may be considering law school. The goal of the minor is to help students determine if law school is the right choice for them and to help them prepare for law school by exposing them to some fundamental area of study. The minor allows for flexibility in course selection so that students are able to focus on their specific areas of interest, while at the same time build a foundation that will help them succeed in law school. The minor can be declared at any time during a student’s matriculation. The American Bar Association (ABA) does not recommend any one particular major or area of study for students who wish to go on to law school. However, the ABA does recommend several core skills and values that build a “sound foundation for a legal education.” These core skills and values include the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Analytic/Problem Solving Skills Critical Reading Writing Skills Oral Communication/Listening Abilities General Research Skills Task Organization/Managements Skills Public Service and Promotion of Justice


Based on these ABA recommendations, students are required to take six courses (18 credits) that teach these core skills and values, or cover some topical areas dealt with in law school. Students are required to take the following three courses: 1. 2. 3.

Crjs 322/Poli 322 - Legal Research & Writing Crjs 310 - Constitutional Law in Criminal Procedure I or Poli 222 Civil Liberties Badm 310 - Business Law I

Students work with a pre-law advisor to choose the additional three courses. The additional courses must cover some core skill or value listed above, or must be relevant to some topical area dealt with in law school. The philosophy behind the minor is to allow students flexibility in choice, while providing them with relevant and beneficial curriculum choices. An approved law-related internship is highly recommended, and can also be used to fulfill one of the two additional course requirements. Poli 100 American Government is strongly recommended. No more than two courses in the Minor can be used to count for the Major and/or Core. Students interested in the minor should contact Atty. Meredith Bollheimer in the Walker School of Business or Tina Fryling in the Criminal Justice department.

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