Pre-Law, Political Science, BA

  • Dr. Torges teaches a class

    COORDINATING YOUR PRE-LAW PROGRAM  – Professor Gwen Torges, third from left, coordinates the Pre-Law Program and teaches political science classes such as Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties. Pre-Law students often take advantage of chances to take LSAT practice tests while at IUP.

    Pre-Law Track Gets You Ready For Law School, Builds Your Resume

    The political science pre-law track consists of an interdisciplinary pre-law minor as well as a variety of services and extracurricular activities designed to provide students with a liberal arts background, which helps prepare them for admission to and success in law school, as well as entrance into a variety of law-related fields.

    Housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, seven departments participate in the Pre-Law Program. Students choose a major in one of the seven departments listed below, plus a total of 21 semester hours selected from the remaining departments

    For example, if the student selects history as his/her major field, he or she then chooses, with the help of his or her advisor, a total of 21 hours from the six other departments, excluding History. Each department offers three courses in the Pre-Law Program, and at least one course must be selected from each field. The remaining three hours are chosen from any of these six departments.

    An advantage of this program is that, whether or not the student is accepted at a law school, he or she has completed a major in a substantive discipline. Indeed, the breadth and depth of this liberal studies minor makes the pre-law minor an excellent choice even for those who have no intention of attending law school.

    Pre-Law Program Requirements

    The departments and courses that comprise the pre-law minor are:


    ACCT 201 – Accounting Principles I
    ACCT 202 – Accounting Principles II
    BLAW 235 – Introduction to Business Law


    CRIM 210 – Criminal Law
    CRIM 215 – Survey of Courts and Criminal Justice System
    CRIM 255 – Law, Social Control, and Society


    ECON 121 – Principles of Economics I
    ECON 122 – Principles of Economics II
    ECON 332 – Government and Business


    ENGL 212 – American Literature: Beginnings to 1900
    ENGL 220 – Advanced Composition I
    ENGL 310 – Public Speaking


    HIST 320 – History of England to 1688
    HIST 321 – History of England, 1688 to Present
    HIST 346 – Recent U.S. History


    PHIL 101 – Informal Logic: Methods of Critical Thinking
    PHIL 222 – Ethics
    PHIL 450 – Philosophy of Law

    Political Science

    PLSC 358 – Judicial Process
    PLSC 359 – Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
    PLSC 361 – Modern Political Thought