Courses, Pre-Law | Earlham College Skip to Content

Courses

While there is no set curriculum for pre-law students, there are courses that can be useful in making the decision about whether to go to law school and others that will help you in developing the skills needed to do well on the LSAT. We recommend that our students consider some of the following courses, while at the same time cautioning them to not overload their undergraduate education with law-related courses:

Politics

This major has long been popular and useful for pre-law students because it offers courses focused on better understanding the key institutions involved in both legislating and adjudicating. The following courses are considered extremely helpful for any pre-law student:

  • POLS 346: Constitutional Law
  • POLS 372: International Law I – Sovereignty, Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights
  • POLS 373: International Law II – Environment and Development

And, these courses can also prove useful:

  • POLS 111: Introduction to Politics
  • POLS 342: Congress and Public Policy
  • POLS 343: Legislative Toolkit
  • POLS 345: American Presidency
  • POLS 366: American Political Thought

Philosophy

Courses in this major may be especially helpful because they provide pre-law students with an understanding of the philosophical underpinning of the legal system, as well as helping to provide critical thinking skills. The following courses are considered extremely helpful for any pre-law student:

  • PHIL 130: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 310: Philosophy of Law

And, this course can also prove useful:

  • PHIL 235: Social and Political Philosophy

Psychology

This major offers courses that help pre-law students better understand social behaviors that inform many of the most critical issues in the justice system, including obedience, conformity, cognitive dissonance, social cognition, and prejudice. The following courses are considered extremely helpful for any pre-law student:

  • PSYC 210: Social Psychology

And, this course can also prove useful:

  • PSYC 373: Moral Education

Religion

This major offers courses that help pre-law students reflect on the ways human beings understand themselves and act in relationship to the world. The following course is considered extremely helpful for any pre-law student:

  • REL 330: Criminal Justice and Moral Vision

History

Courses in this major, particularly in American history, provide pre-law students much needed foundational insights about the development of political and legal institutions in the United States. Because of its focus on developing critical thinking, research, and writing skills, history remains a popular major for pre-law students. The following courses are considered useful for any pre-law student:

  • HIST 121: Introduction to U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 122: Introduction to U.S. History since 1865

Public Speaking

Although the college currently only offers one course in this area, it is an excellent option for pre-law students who wish to improve their verbal communication skills – which is clearly a vital skill for attorneys who appear before the bar. The following course is considered useful for any pre-law student:

  • CIL 290: Public Speaking

English

In addition to the regular Earlham Seminar I, Earlham Seminar II, and Writing Intensive writing sequence, additional English composition courses can assist pre-law students in further developing their writing skills.

Foreign Language

Studying foreign language can help pre-law students develop a better understanding of the structure of language and the tools of communication. Classical languages, Latin in particular, continue to be an excellent means of increasing one’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. Pre-law students contemplating a career in public service or international law may increase their marketability by gaining proficiency in an appropriate modern language.

Sociology

This major provides pre-law students with important insights into the wider social and political contexts in which decisions in society are made.

Print Friendly and PDF

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.