Why Study Pre-Law at USF?

People are drawn to the study of politics and law for many different reasons. One of the best reasons is to pursue a career in public service. The USF Political Science – Pre-Law program fosters the skills necessary for practicing good citizenship in any career, but especially a career that is oriented toward public service.

But, is it right for me?

  • Are not satisfied with a superficial understanding of any issue—they want to go deeper.
  • They like to read and are active readers.
  • They ask questions of an author and of themselves.
  • They want to grasp the truth.

Skills You'll Obtain

Learn to analyze political and judicial arguments

Present solid arguments orally and in writing

Create a thesis that lays out a detailed argument, researched and written over the course of a semester

This USF program does two things. Like the existing Political Science major, it provides a broad liberal-arts based education in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions. But it also offers students with a special interest in law the opportunity to take courses outside of Political Science that will count toward their degree.– Dr. Thomas Schneider, program director

After Graduation

A “pre-law” major by definition is for students who plan to go to law school. However, a Bachelor’s degree by itself is sufficient for some law-related occupations:


  • Paralegal
  • Legal assistant
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator
  • Conciliators