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Pre-Law Emphasis Programs and Courses
Santa Clara has not established a pre-law major or specific program of study to prepare to enter law school. Many Santa Clara major programs and the University's Core curriculum provide much of the necessary preparation and background. In addition to those courses, the departments of Philosophy and Political Science offer a pre-law emphasis within the major (in Philosophy, it is also available within the minor). The Department of Philosophy's program requires a cluster of five courses from among the department's offerings. The Political Science program requires eight courses beyond the major, five of which are outside the department and often fulfill other University or College requirements.
Elective courses also provide valuable training and breadth of academic and analytic experience. Some elective courses strengthen specific skills, while others provide perspectives on legal problems and social issues related to the law. Several departments from time to time offer such courses (check with each department to determine when these courses are offered in any given academic year and whether there are any applicable prerequisites). The following are some examples:
In considering these options, students should note that taking numerous courses with “law” in the title or acquiring a "Pre-Law Emphasis" notation on a transcript does not by itself improve their chances of gaining admission to law school. While these courses and programs may help students explore their academic interest in law, students should not feel they need to specialize in law at the undergraduate level.
Major in Political Science with a Pre-Law Emphasis
Major in Philosophy with a Pre-Law Emphasis