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Associate of Arts
The program prepares students for further university studies and law school by developing critical and independent thinking along with essential communication skills to enable them to communicate effectively in the business, social and legal environment and the critical legal reasoning skills to analyze laws and legal opinions.
Our program provides students with a broad background of knowledge in history, philosophy, political science, economics, business, sociology and criminal justice. The Pre-Legal Studies major should provide students interested in attending law school with the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize the efficiency of their law school education.
Before beginning the professional study of law, students must usually have obtained a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. There are no specific course requirements and no particular majors for entrance into law school. Students are encouraged to follow their interests and talents, and choose a major that is right for them. Particular attention should be paid to the assertive skill areas that include language and communication skills, creative and critical thinking ability, and an understanding of human institutions and values.
The Pre-Legal Studies Degree is a rigorous inter-disciplinary program requiring discipline and hard work. Because of the demanding requirements of this program, there are few general electives. Students should be aware of and prepared to undertake a demanding set of courses.
The American Bar Association recognizes that in addition to the fundamental skills and values listed above, there are some basic areas of knowledge that are helpful to a legal education and to the development of a competent lawyer. Some of the types of knowledge that would maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education include: