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Pre-Law Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the pre-law example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

The pre-law example concentration contains courses and competencies well-suited for students preparing for careers in any aspect of law, criminal justice, public advocacy, law enforcement and social work. The concentration develops learning in critical thinking and argumentation, as well as applied study in legal and political structures and processes. Special emphasis on business and workplace law is complemented by the intensive study of human rights and legal history.

Pre-Law Sample Schedule*

As a student using the template for the pre-law example concentration, you’ll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements. 
This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term—fall, winter, spring or summer—and is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine pre-law courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Com​petence (L4) 4
 HC 199 Manifestations of Belief: Religion v. Constitution (H3) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Science Elective (S) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 HC 274 Bill of Rights (FX, H1X) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 HC 190 Law in America (FX, A3X) 4
 Humanities Elective (H5) and Arts Elective (A) 4
 Total Credit Hours 14

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 HC 229 Civil Rights: A Modern Approach (FX, A1X) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 Collaborative Learning (L7) and Science Elective  (S) 4
 HC 293 Law and the Workplace (FX, H) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 FA 135 Property Law (FX, H) 4
 AI 169 Ethics, Law and Justice (A4, A) 4
 HC 201 Negotiating Contracts (FX, H) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 7
 HC 378 Litigation in Contemporary American 
 Society (FX, A)
 HC 104 Managing & Understanding Employee
 Rights (FX, H4)
 Science Elective (S1, S2) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 Science Elective (S, S5) 4
 Science Elective (S3, S4) 4
 Arts Elective (A, A)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 HC 263 Civil Rights: Forces & Counterforces (FX, H2) 4
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 10

 Total Credit Hours 108

*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  ​

- DCM 325 Work and Society
- HC 115 Sex Discrimination at Work
- FA 210 Criminal Justice
- HC 362 Poverty, Policy and the Economy
- AI 257 Engage for Change: Get Informed, Involved and Connected
- HC 384 The Evolution and Future of LGBT Rights
- HC 216 Law and Changing Family Dynamics
- HC 198 Juvenile Justice: Is it Working?
- HC 362 Poverty, Policy and the Economy
- AI 346 Real Life Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions


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  • Earn your degree in just over 24 months—and accelerate the completion of your degree with course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
Some college course credit?
  • Accelerate the completion of your degree with transfer course work, course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
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Career Outlook

Job opportunities for lawyers are expected to increase by 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As more college graduates attend law school, the bureau projects that the job market for attorneys will get more competitive and require specialization. 

Students pursuing the pre-law example concentration may advance their careers in positions such as:

  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Equal Opportunity Officer
  • Compliance Officer
  • Legislative Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Lawyer
  • Economist
  • Social Worker

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.