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Pre-Law

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Law?

At Ferris State University every attempt is made to assist students in a realistic preparation for the study of law. The Pre-Law program helps students choose courses that will satisfy their general education requirements as well as prepare them for law school. Advisors can assist students regarding proper course selection, preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and with the application process. Early and continuous contact with the pre-law advisor can be a real asset in choosing a correct major and professional law track.

Get Accepted to Law School

Admission to law school generally requires the student to have achieved a bachelor?s degree and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA, and achieve above average scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Pre-Law is not a bachelor's degree and will not qualify the student for Law School admission. Since law involves every area of life, law schools have no specific preparatory law curriculum. Consequently, Pre-Law students may choose from a wide array of bachelor's degree programs. It is best to select a bachelor's degree that either teaches about the type of law they want to practice or that will provide them access to the career they want if they do not achieve entry to law school.

Consultation with their Pre-Law advisor will help students make the most appropriate choice of bachelor's degree. In order to make satisfactory progress toward a bachelor's degree, students should select the bachelor's degree that is right for them during their first year in college. Students are encouraged to participate in debate, forensics, student government and publications as productive extracurricular activities.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-associate.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy the graduation requirements of their bachelor's degree concentration of choice. While in Pre-Law, proper course selection of a minimum of 60 credits including the University General Education requirements could lead to an Associate in Arts degree.

More Information

ADVISING GROUP CHAIR: Dr. Dan Underwood
PHONE: 231-591-2756
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
PHONE: 231-591-3705
EMAIL:  

Department of Social Sciences  
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators C, S, Z, R, G may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Recommended Courses
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
English 1
3
US History - 1877 to Present
3
Law in the United States 1
3
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Suggested Electives
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Princ of Managerial Accounting
3
Contracts and Sales
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3
English 2
3
Law in the United States 2
4
Introduction to Logic
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
Introductory Sociology
3
MATH 
By placement (B.S. degree minimum at Ferris is MATH 115)
3
Minimum credits:
60