Our Political Science — Pre-Law program is ideal for anyone inspired to serve the common good through a career in the law. As a student, you’ll learn the intricacies of the political and legal systems in concert with our institutional values — giving you the ideal platform to build a legal career that is oriented toward public service or private practice.
The Pre-Law curriculum will give you the analytical, writing, and speaking tools needed to succeed in law school and your subsequent career. After completing core courses in American politics and government, constitutional law, international politics, and more, you’ll select from a wide array of law-related courses, including:
USF maintains 3+3 and 3+2 partnerships with the following Law Schools, meaning you can save a full year, or even two years, in completing your bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees:
Political Science — Pre-Law students may complete internships and other real-world experiences. Locations include:
You’ll be taught and mentored by USF faculty, who are experts in their disciplines. Not only will you benefit from their knowledge and connections, but you’ll be supported by an advisor who knows your interests and goals!
The faculty are the best resource at USF. They are incredibly intelligent and compassionate, and they continually sacrificed their free time for students. It’s hard to find someone who will go out of their way for you like they do.
Joe Torres ’13
J.D., Attorney at Karmel Law Firm
The expected career path for graduates of the Political Science — Pre-Law program is to go to law school and work as an attorney, but other options include careers such as:
Carolina Flores ’15, a law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, reflects on the preparation and experience she received from USF:
I was very prepared for the depth of reading in law school because of my experience at USF, where I was taught to read closely and critically.”
My first internship was at a prosecutor’s office. I was a sophomore and I was getting hands-on experience in the law. I learned about discovery and other aspects of the profession.
After that, I clerked for Judge Alevizos in Northeast Indiana for five consecutive summers. It was unusual for someone my age to get this position, but my experience in the prosecutor’s office gave me an advantage.
Our Political Science and Political Science — Pre-Law programs provide additional focus on research and writing. The completion of a senior thesis will allow you to pursue your interests, as well as strengthen your candidacy for law school or other graduate programs.