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Philosophy, Pre-Law Track (B.A.)

B.A., Philosophy,
Pre-Law Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

The Philosophy Pre-Law Track is designed for students intending to pursue an advanced degree in law. It provides ideal training in the skills required for close, critical reading of legal texts, a fact borne out by law school admissions rates and LSAT performance data. In addition to Philosophy courses, you’ll also take seven courses covering business, criminology, economics, history, English, and political science for the Pre-Law track. The courses in the Pre-Law track provide the academic preparation demanded by law schools and help you to develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need for the LSAT. Philosophy majors outperform all other pre-law majors on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and all other majors except physics or math.  

Students of philosophy learn to read carefully, think independently, communicate clearly, argue cogently, spot fallacies, clarify muddled reasoning, and identify questionable assumptions. The practice of philosophy encourages debate, open mindedness, clear thinking and writing, and critical engagement with some of the deepest questions human beings ask, questions about the nature of reality, thought and consciousness, the scope and limits of human knowledge, the value and essence of art, and the foundations of ethics and justice. Philosophy distinguishes itself by its methods: unpacking concepts, questioning beliefs, evaluating arguments, and examining the methods and assumptions of other disciplines, including natural science, social science, law, and fine arts.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy achieved through pursuit of the Pre-Law track prepares you for admission to law school. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of lawyers is expected to grow at an average rate of about 11 percent from 2006 to 2016.

Although the job market for lawyers is highly competitive, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that salaried jobs can be found in government, corporations, utility companies, real estate agencies, banks, and nonprofit organizations. Federal government jobs for lawyers, according to the report, tend to be concentrated in the departments of Justice, Treasury, and Defense. 

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Special Features

  • An honors program is available.
  • In recent years, IUP Philosophy students have delivered papers and participated with faculty members as panelists at the State System of Higher Education Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference.
  • IUP students can compete for cash awards in the Howard Z. Fitzgerald Philosophy Essay Contest.
  • The Daniel N. Boone Speaker Series provides special presentations at IUP on philosophical topics.