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.


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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