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Pre-Law Curriculum

2013 - 2014

The Pre-Law Curriculum does not constitute a major

No specific pattern of courses is required for admission nor do law schools prefer one particular major over another.  The faculty of the Law School recommends developing a strong background in English language and in the social sciences; suggested electives appear below.  Students interested in commercial, corporate, and tax law may wish to consider earning a degree from Business Administration; for information call 313-577-4505.

Information about admission to law schools is available from the websites of individual schools; from the website of the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools at http://officialguide.lsac.org; and from the print edition of the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.

Suggested Electives:

ACCOUNTING (see prerequisites)
ACC 3010 Elem. Financial Accounting
ACC 3510 Business Law
CLA 3100 Law and Ancient Society
CRJ 3710 Legal Writing for Criminal Justice
ECO 2010 Prin of Microeconomics
ECO 2020 Prin of Macroeconomics
ECO 5250 Economic Analysis of Law
ENGLISH(In addition to BC and IC requirements):
ENG 2720 Basic Concepts in Linguistics
ENG 5010 Advanced Expository Writing
HIS 2040 United States to 1877
HIS 2050 United States Since 1877
HIS 5160 Constitutional U. S. History to 1860
HIS 5170 Constitutional U. S. Hist: 1860-1940
PHI 1010 Intro to Philosophical Systems
PHI 1100 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHI 2320 Introduction to Ethics
PHI 3270 Foundations of Law
P S 1010 American Government
P S 2810 World Politics
P S 3040 The Legislative Process
P S 3100 American Legal Systems & Processes
P S 5110 Constitutional Law
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology
PSY 3010 Statistical Methods
PSY 5710 Dispute Resolution
SOC 3860 Race, Class, & American Crim Just
COM 2110 Argumentation and Debate

Additional Information:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university is required for admission to the Law School at Wayne State University. The program begins only in the fall.  A score of at least the 75th percentile on the LSAT is generally necessary for admission to WSU's Law School although a lower score may be outweighed by a strong academic record. The LSAT is given four times each year in Detroit. It should not be taken prior to your sixth semester in college. Registration forms are available in the Law School, 471 W. Palmer, or from Testing & Evaluation, 698 Student Center, 313-577-3400.  Also consult http://www.lsac.org.


It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with and to complete all degree requirements.

Admission to the WSU Law School


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