Political Science: Pre-Law (BA)

Allen County Courthouse

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:

  • Business Law
  • Mass Media and Multimedia Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Courts
  • Ethics and Data Privacy
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Professional Ethics
  • Introduction to Forensic Science, and other options

Law School Partnerships!

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:

  • 3+2 Agreement: University of Dayton, School of Law, Ohio — Get 2 degrees in 5 years instead of 7!
  • 3+3 Agreements:
    • University of Dayton, School of Law
    • Capital University Law School, Ohio
    • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

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Experience and Connections

Political Science — Pre-Law students may complete internships and other real-world experiences. Locations include:

  • Local law firms — students are encouraged to develop mentoring relationships with local attorneys
  • Indiana State Senate
  • Allen County Courthouse
  • County Prosecutor’s Office

Faculty Expertise and Support

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

A Career in Law

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:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator

A Graduate’s Perspective

Carolina Flores ’15, a law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, reflects on the preparation and experience she received from USF:

Law School Prep:

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.”

Early Experience:

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.

Did you Know?

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.

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Program Director

Thomas Schneider, Ph.D.
260-399-7700 ext. 8125