english and law

English and Law

English and Law prepares students for a career in law by developing their critical-thinking skills and writing ability, both essential to the practice of law. 

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in English, students will be able to clearly articulate a persuasive discussion using both oral and written communication skills. In addition to the English major, students should consider the courses mentioned below. 

Program Details

While there is no pre-law major, the English and Law pre-professional program provides a solid foundation for a student's success in law school, promoting complex analysis and clarity of communication. Traditional pre-law courses are usually language-intensive, such as courses in English, philosophy, or history.

Political science and business administration courses are also helpful because these subjects provide the context for many legal issues. Courses that stress technical mastery, such as math and science courses, can also be beneficial. In general, students should take courses that require extensive written work and promote the development of clear analytical abilities.

For students with a serious interest in the study of law, an independent study course or an internship may be an option.

Degree Requirements


AC222 Accounting Concepts (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to accounting with an emphasis on the interpretation and use of accounting information for effective business decision-making. The course employs an "information user/managerial approach" rather than an "information preparer approach." Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statement analysis, and quantitative managerial accounting techniques.

BU312 Business Law I (3 cr.)

This survey course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a review of its historical origins, the various sources of the law and the practical context in which laws are applied. Particular attention is given to areas of law which are relevant to today's business environment; for example, torts, contracts, agency and sales.

CJ111 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

This course is intended to provide the students with an introduction to the historical, political and social aspects of the criminal justice system. Students explore issues that impact the overall functioning criminal justice system, with a focus on the three main components of the system: police, courts and corrections.

PH102 Logic (3 cr.)

This course presents an introduction to contemporary symbolic logic as well as to traditional deductive and inductive logic.

PS332 American Constitutional Law (3 cr.)

This course examines the social, philosophical and legal problems faced by the Supreme Court in translating the abstract language of civil liberties contained in the U.S. Constitution into concrete reality with an emphasis upon current problems and the evolving nature of the process.