Goucher College 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Mar 03, 2024  
Goucher College 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

Prelaw Studies Concentration

Prelaw studies provides students interested in a career in law an opportunity to acquire the wide range of intellectual skills essential for academic success in law school. The goal of prelaw studies is not to train lawyers but to help students develop the highly sophisticated writing, analytical, and critical skills that law schools demand. Students in prelaw studies complete the prelaw concentration, an interdisciplinary program of 18 to 21 credits that they satisfy while fulfilling the requirements of a traditional liberal arts major. By requiring students to take courses outside of their own field of study, the prelaw concentration exposes them to academic methodology and critical approaches not inherent to their own disciplines, strengthen their writing and analytical skills, and broadens the base of their academic experience in preparation for law school.

The prelaw concentration is offered in conjunction with the following majors: business management, communication, economics, environmental studies, english, history, and political science. Each student must complete four mandatory courses and either two or three electives. The number of electives is determined by the major. Students are also encouraged to complete

  (3-4 Cr.) and   (3 Cr.).




Students choose two or three electives, depending on the major, from the following categories:

Specific requirements for each major are listed below.

Communication, English, and History

Majors must take the required prelaw studies courses and three electives, one from each category as described above. English majors may substitute another writing course for ENG 206 with the approval of both English and prelaw advisers.

Business Management, Economics, and Environmental Studies

Majors must take the required prelaw studies courses and two electives, one each from political theory and analysis and human rights and ethical value theory.

Political Science and International Relations

Majors must take the required prelaw studies courses, as well as two electives, one each from analytical skills and human rights and ethical value theory.