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Students interested in attending law school will find that there is no single path to prepare them for a legal education. One track that students can pursue at Trine University is the Bachelor of arts in general studies with a concentration in pre-legal studies.
This track allows you to build a broad-based education. It teaches you to think critically, communicate effectively, and pull together knowledge from many disciplines – skills you'll need to be successful in any career. It demonstrates to employers and peers alike that you have the self-discipline and intelligence to work through a university-level program in a variety of subject areas. It can be the most personally rewarding major available, precisely because it is so broad, and it embodies the central philosophy of a liberal arts education that learning to think critically and to read and write well should help anyone in any career.
Law schools value a diverse student body and intentionally select students from a wide variety of undergraduate majors; nevertheless, certain areas of study prove excellent preparation for the pre-law candidate. The American Bar Association's section on legal education recommends courses that teach the following core skills and values: analytic/problem-solving skills, critical reading, writing skills, oral communication, listening abilities, general research skills, task organization, management skills, and public service and the promotion of justice. Trine's Pre-Legal Studies concentration is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop these skills and values.
Students in the General Studies major may double major and are strongly encouraged to obtain a minor. The list of minors is impressive and includes communication, criminal justice, history, and psychology, among many others. We have advisors who are knowledgeable of other majors and minors to assist you in getting as much value as possible from your experience at Trine.
Admission requirements for transfer students:
High School Transcripts:
Total Credit Hours - 120
General Education – 42 credit hours
• Written Communication – 6 credit hours
• Oral Communication – 3 credit hours
• Social Science & Humanities – 12 credit hours
• Mathematics & Science – 10 credit hours
• Other – 11 credit hours
Program Requirements – 48 credit hours
Pre-Legal Studies Concentration:
• COM 213 Business Communication
• COM 363 Persuasion and Argumentation
• ENG 2113 American Literature I
• GOV 333 State and Local Government
• GOV 403 American Constitutional Development
• LE 153 Juvenile Justice, LE 263 Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice, LE 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence or 9 hours from BA or LAW
• PHIL 313 Ethics
• PHL 343 Logic
• PSY 373 Political Psychology
• SOC 103 Principles of Sociology
• SOC 323 The Family
• Electives from LE, ENG, PSY, or COM – 6 hrs.
• PL 4003 Legal Capstone Experience
Additional – 30 credit hours
Electives - 29 hrs. - General Studies Major-Pre-Legal Track students are encouraged to consult with their advisor to choose electives that are appropriate to their career plan.
• UE 101 - 1 hr