Course Suggestions

As both law schools and the American Bar Association point out, no set curriculum prepares one for law school, and studies show that there is no correlation between academic major and success in law school. Extremely successful legal careers have been launched by students from a wide variety of academic majors. Wooster graduates with majors ranging from history, philosophy, and political science to communication, biology, and economics have been successful in law school. What law schools look for is whether a student's course of study was a rigorous academic experience that demonstrates the necessary skills and intellectual ability to pursue a legal education. In addition, since legal work regulates human activity and shapes our institutions, one must develop a keen understanding of human values and human nature. The curriculum at Wooster is designed to develop the ability to research and analyze problems and to communicate effectively.

Suggested Courses

Students might find the following courses helpful in preparation for law school. Other courses in Wooster's curriculum also provide valuable skills, and none of the following are required.

  • Jurisprudence: Law and Society (Philosophy 210)
  • The Constitutional Law of Civil Rights (Political Science 213)
  • Constitutional Interpretation and Civil Liberties (Political Science 214)
  • Argumentation and Persuasion (Communication 252)
  • Political Rhetoric (Communication 254)
  • Principles of Economics (Economics 101)
  • Ethics, Justice and Society (Philosophy 100)
  • Race, Gender And Justice (Philosophy 212)
  • Logic and Philosophy (Philosophy 220)
  • Political Philosophy (Philosophy 312)
  • Public Speaking (Communication 152)
  • Ethical Theory (Philosophy 311)
  • Introduction to United States National Politics (Political Science 110)
  • The Politics of Public Policy (Political Science 203)
  • Topics in Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy (Political Science 215)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 100)
  • The Sociological Perspective (Sociology 100)
  • Deviance and Criminology (Sociology 213)
  • Chemistry and the World in Which We Live: Forensic Science (Chemistry 102)
  • Law and Economics (Economics 263)
  • The Theory and Practice of Law (IDPT 250)