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Suggested Courses for Pre-Law Students

“Am I really cut out to read the law?”

“What kind of law should I practice?”

“Am I a litigator or a writer of great briefs?”

“Could a writ of habeas corpus get me out of my final?”

Forensics, logic, business, justice, the Constitution... the University of Minnesota, Morris offers several courses that allow undergraduates to explore the possibility of a career in law. One of the benefits of preparing for a legal career at a liberal arts campus is access to upper-level courses in disciplines such as history, English, philosophy, and political science that include concentrated reading and writing so valuable to the aspiring lawyer. Examine the list below for some examples and see what catches your interest. And for the record, a writ of habeas corpus, also known as an order from a judge to an incarcerating official, will not get you excused from examinations.

POL 3411. International Law
Relations of international law to individuals, states, the international community, jurisdictional problems, survey of principles developed by diplomatic agents and consuls, treaties, arbitration, treatment of aliens, pacific settlement. War and hostile measures short of war, military occupation, war crimes, neutrality, collective security sanctions.
PHIL 3131. Philosophy of Law
Critical examination of theoretical and practical normative issues in the philosophy of law (e.g., nature of law, justification of punishment, plea bargaining, legal and moral responsibility, and civil disobedience).
CMR 1801. Legal Argument and Free Speech: Ready to Become a Supreme Court Justice?
Examination of the development of legal argument in Supreme Court decisions dealing with free speech. Read Supreme Court cases, write opinions, speak to a mock Supreme Court, listen to arguments, and analyze the issues that define the ability to communicate in this country.
CMR 2052. Legal Advocacy: Speaking in Appellate Forensic Situations
Detailed study of the theory and practice of speaking in legal settings. Students prepare and present appellate argument. The final presentation is before a mock Supreme Court.
CMR 3251. Free Speech on Trial: Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions
Analysis and evaluation of Supreme Court opinions establishing the contours of First Amendment protection for freedom of speech. Particular attention is devoted to the nature of “communication” revealed by the decisions studied.
PHIL 2101. Introduction to Symbolic Logic
(Strongly recommended for the LSAT!)
An introduction to formal or deductive logic, including basic concepts of logical argumentation; Aristotelian logic; and symbolic translations, truth tables, and theory of deduction. Samples from political speeches, philosophical essays as well as original LSAT questions are analyzed.
PHIL 2111. Introductory Ethics
An introduction to philosophical accounts of what makes right acts right and wrong acts wrong, issues involving the concept of goodness, and arguments or debates about moral responsibility.
PHIL 2112. Professional Ethics
A critical examination of moral issues that arise in a person’s professional life. Possible topics include affirmative action, autonomy in the workplace, ethical issues in advertising, corporate responsibility, coercive wage offers, distributive justice, and sexual harassment. Issues concerning race, gender, and women are included in selected modules.
MGMT 2101. Principles of Accounting I
Especially Recommended for Small Firm Lawyers
An introductory course in accounting principles and practices. The students develop an understanding of both the conceptual and procedural framework of the accounting processes. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and communication of accounting information and the financial statements for a proprietorship.