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PRE-LAW MINOR

 

Pre-Law Minor (21 credit hours)
Degree Plan

This minor is designed primarily for students who are interested in attending lawschool; however it provides a useful background for students interested in any career where interaction with the legal system is anticipated. The coursework is designed to acquaint students with legal concepts, but more importantly it is a rigorous course of study that emphasizes writing, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.

 

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Pre-Law Core Requirements (12 credit hours)
CJUS 205 Substantive Criminal Law
3
 
BSAD 300 Legal Environment for Managers
3
 
ENGL 419 Advanced Composition
3
 
POLS 405 American Constitutional Development
3
 
  Total core credits
12
 
 

Guided Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Students choose three of the following. The three courses must be selected from at least two different disciplines.

BSAD 355 Communications in Business and Industry
3
 
CJUS 222 Constitutional Criminal Procedure
3
 
CJUS 250 Courts & the Criminal Justice System
3
 
CJUS 377 New Mexico Law
3
 
CJUS/POLS 407 Administrative Law
3
 
CJUS 419 Corrections Law
3
 
CJUS 431 Ethics & Liability
3
 
CJUS 457 Forensic Law
3
 
ENGL 316 Traditional Grammar & Usage
3
 
ENGL 325 American Life & Thought
3
 
ENGL 447 The Enlightenment
3
 
ENGL 465 Critical Approaches to Literature
3
 
ENGL 469 Writing for Professionals
3
 
HIST/POLS 406 American Political Thought
3
 
HIST 456 Social/Intellectual History to 1865
3
 
HIST 457 Social/Intellectual History Since 1865
3
 
HIST/POLS 497 History & Politics of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
3
 
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy
3
 
PHIL 101 Thinking & Problem Solving
3
 
PHIL 201 Logical Methods
3
 
PHIL 300 Recent Philosophy
3
 
POLS 353 International Law & Organization
3
 
POLS 401 Public Administration
3
 
POLS 410 Water Rights
3
 
  Total Guided Elective credit hours
9
 
  Total minimum credit hours
21
 
Students must choose elective courses that are outside their major. For example, a student with a major in criminal justice may not apply any of the criminal justice courses listed above towards a minor in pre-law. For more  information about this minor, please see the pre-law advisor, Curtis Hayes.

Useful Links:

Law School Admission Council
http://www.lsac.org/
The organization that administers the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS).

Pre-law Advising at UNM
http://www.unm.edu/~pre/law/
This link has a lot of useful information for students interested in law school.

 

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