Pre-Law Curriculum

Program Advisors: A. Fetter-Harrott, R. Smith
Program: Pre-Law

Students who plan to enter a law school upon graduation from Franklin College may complete any major. Those most prepared for the challenge of law school practice will develop an understanding of the U.S. legal system, its historical and philosophical bases, and issues central to ethical, contemporary practice. To earn a pre-law designation upon graduation from Franklin College, students must complete the following program with the guidance of the pre-law advisors.

Required courses
PHL 340 Advanced Logic
POL 110 American National Government
POL 275 Law and Politics in American Society

Category A: One of the following courses
ENG 227 The English Language
ENG 328 Advanced Composition

Category B: One of the following courses
BUS 341 Business Law I
MMJ/PRL 445 Communication Law in a Digital World
POL 341 International Law and Organizations
POL 410 American Constitutional Law I: Powers and Duties
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

Category C: 10 or 11 semester hours* from the following courses
Any course listed in Category B above
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 222 Principles of Accounting II
BIO 225 Bioethics
BIO/CHE 334 Biochemistry
BIO/CHE 392 Techniques in Biotechnology and Biochemistry
BUS/ECO 340 Business Organization and Public Policy
BUS/ECO 360 Labor Economics and Management
ECO 115 Principles of Economics
ECO 225 Intermediate Economic Theory
ENG 333 Shakespeare
HIS 231 African American History
HIS 325 History of American Thought
HIS 332 History of Women in the United States
LEA 220 Leadership: Foundations, Theory, and Practice
MAT/PSY/SOC 224 Basic Applied Statistics
PHL 220 Principles of Ethics
PHL 320 Modern Philosophy 261
PHL 330 Contemporary Philosophy
POL 225 State and Local Government
POL 336 Introduction to Public Policy
POL 360 Social and Political Thought
SOC 118 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 210 Criminal Justice
SOC 321 Criminology

*Students who take either BUS 341 Business Law I or MMJ/PRL 445 Communication Law in a Digital World to fulfill their Category B requirement must take 11 hours from Category C. All others must take only 10 hours from Category C.

Additionally, students may petition the Pre-Law Program Advisors to substitute another course not listed in the catalogue (such as a Topics, Intensive Term, or Independent Study course) to meet the 10 or 11 hour requirement.

Internship Requirement
Students must complete at least one high quality law-related internship approved by the pre-law advisors.

Complete course descriptions for each of these offerings may be found elsewhere in this catalog under the appropriate major headings. Note that some course may have prerequisites.


POSTED Dec. 4, 2018