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Academic Preparation

The great news about law school is that there are no course prerequisites. Students can take any class and major in anything they want. Law schools like a diverse applicant pool, so they are not looking for one major. This is great news because that means you can study what interests you! This will also likely help with your GPA, because your grades will typically stay high if you are studying what really interests you. Please make every effort to keep your GPA as high as possible. Law schools will scrutinize transcripts for types of courses taken, level and difficulty of courses, and grade trends.

While CC does not have a pre-law track or specific classes that must be taken before going to law school, there are some classes that will benefit you. Strongly consider a writing intensive class (or several) to get as much writing experience as possible. Also consider classes that develop skills in analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.

Classes for the 2016-2017 year are (subject to change – please check with the Registrar for course listings):

Economics

EC115 – Legal Environment of Business
EC320 – Entrepreneurship
EC344 – The Economics of Strategy: Industrial Organization, Structure & Public Policy
EC335 – Environmental Economics

Education

ED518 – An Introduction to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
ED518 – Contemporary First Amendment Issues in Public Education 

Environmental Science

EV271 – Environmental Policy
EV281 – Environmental Ethics
EV341 – Ecological Economics and EV321 Environmental Management
EV373 – Public Policymaking
EV374 – Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons

History

HY211 – Crime and Punishment

Philosophy

PH140 – Ethics
PH226 – Formal Logic

Political Science

PS200 – American Politics and Government
PS211 – Women, Government and Public Policy
PS318 – The American Presidency
PS320 – The United States Congress
PS380 – Constitutional Law in American Politics

Southwest Studies

SW220 – Environmental Justice in the Southwest
SW320 – Native Americans under Federal Law