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Pre-Law

Pre-Law Program of Study

Any Liberal Arts discipline may prepare a student for post-graduate work in law school.  Students have found that political science is an excellent pre-law degree.  Recent graduates have been accepted to prestigious law schools and won full-ride scholarships. 

Preparing for Law School at A&M-Texarkana

You are encouraged to major in whatever discipline you find most interesting and take law-related political science courses. In order to prepare for law school, you should focus on developing good writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. Take courses and participate in activities that enhance these skills.

You should excel academically, because admission to law school is competitive. You should take courses that require written assignments. Along with political science, taking courses in criminal justice, English, history, math, and science will help you acquire valuable communication, problem solving, logical reasoning, and writing skills.

In addition to pursuing a rigorous course of study, taking law-related internships, participating in extracurricular activities—including the Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Honors Society—and taking LSAT practice sessions can provide a competitive edge for admission to law school.

Law-Related Courses in Political Science

The Political Science program regularly offers several law-related courses, including:

Code Title Hours
PSCI 2301 American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions 3
PSCI 2302 American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior 3
PSCI 300 Introduction to Political Theory 3
PSCI 320 Introduction to Constitutional Law 3
PSCI 410 American Political Theory 3
PSCI 426 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3
PSCI 427 Public Law (EL) 3
PSCI 490 Political Science Internship (EL) * 3-6

 * By becoming involved in an internship, you can learn valuable life skills that will prepare you for law school and provide contacts that will support and mentor you.

Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Honors Association

Your participation in A&M-Texarkana's Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Honors Society will help you prepare for law school. Students in the club coordinate LSAT preparation, visit law schools, meet new friends, and have fun. Phi Delta Phi also hosts public talks and workshops by legal professionals and scholars, as well as films related to the legal practice.

The LSAT

Your LSAT score is an important part of your successful admission to law school. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardized test administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Students typically take the LSAT toward the end of their junior year of college or during the summer before their senior year. A&M-Texarkana is a LSAT testing site. LSAC also administers the exam online.

Applying for Law School

You should check with specific law schools for application deadlines and required application materials. Most law schools require that applicants use the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Before applying to law school, you should open an account with the Credential Assembly Service. You will submit your university transcripts and LSAT scores to the CAS. You will ask your recommenders to write letters and to send them to LSAC or to the law schools to which you will apply, as specified by each institution.

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