Pre-Law Studies Certificate Program

Wheaton College offers the best preparation for law school - a strong liberal arts education program. Although students at Wheaton College do not major in pre-law studies, students considering a legal career may take advantage of any number of majors at Wheaton College that develop cognitive abilities for critical analysis, reading comprehension, written and oral expression, and logic.

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In addition to their majors, some students may wish to pursue courses that focus on the law and related matters. The Pre-Law Studies Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide a concentration of course work that supports the future study and practice of law.

The Pre-Law Studies Certificate Program requires students to take 24 hours of courses from the following three groupings:*

Required Core Courses

6 hours

  • Introduction to Law
  • An internship with a practicing legal professional

Law-Related Elective Courses

10 hours from at least two departments:

  • Business Law
  • International Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • American Political Thought
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Crime and Delinquency

Supporting Elective Courses

8 hours from at least two departments, one of which is not elected under the Law-Related Elective Courses:

  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Advanced Speech Performance
  • Group Dynamics
  • Persuasion
  • Principles of Accounting I or II
  • Business Ethics
  • Public Choice and Constitutional Economics
  • Discursive Writing
  • American History
  • British History to 1688
  • American Urban History
  • History of Christianity in North America
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Ethical Theory
  • American Politics and Government
  • Between Athens and Jerusalem: Classical and Medieval Political Thought
  • Renaissance and Modern Political Philosophy
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • The Family
  • Sociological Theory

*For full details, see the description of the Pre-Law Studies Certificate Program in the Catalog of Wheaton College.



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