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Pre-Law PLAW

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

College(s): Arts and Sciences

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.
Suggested Electives:
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting 1 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting 2 3
PHIL 217 Introduction to Logic 3
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics 3
LLAW 160 Law in the United States 1 3
LLAW 161 Law in the United States 2 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
PLSC 122 Amer Gov 2-Policy Making 3
PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3
Minimum credits 60

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 bachelorís 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.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

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

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

Advisor: Dr. Richard Griffin
Phone:   231-591-2761
email:   griffinr@ferris.edu

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