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Undergraduate Program

Philosophy for Pre-Law Students

Our courses explore philosophical issues that motivate the formulation and application of laws including:

  • Ethics
  • Justice
  • The nature of the state
  • The best form of government
  • Relations between moral and legal obligation
  • The nature of law itself

Our department helps to develop skills that that, according to an American Bar Association article Preparing for Law School, are essential for working in law. This includes developing the ability to:

  • Learn to read difficult and closely argued material
  • Extract and evaluate theories and arguments from the material
  • Formulate new theories and arguments
  • Speak and write clearly and precisely

This skill development has clearly paid off when it comes to applying to law school. The University’s acceptance rate to law school is 95 percent, which is 20 percent higher than the national average.

Majoring in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers both a major in philosophy and a more specialized major in philosophy with emphasis on law and ethics.

Both programs are very flexible, easily allowing students to dual major in another area, like political science, economics, or history.

Students can also minor or take a cluster in philosophy with courses the focus on law and ethics.

Courses of Special Interest to Pre-Law Students

Pre-law students might be especially interested in:

  • PHL 102: Ethics
  • PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHL 105: Reason and Argument
  • PHL 110: Intro Logic
  • PHL 118: Business Ethics
  • PHL 220: Recent Ethical Theory
  • PHL 223: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHL 224: History of Ethics
  • PHL 225: Ethical Decisions in Medicine
  • PHL 226: Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 230: Environmental Justice