The University of St. Thomas Pre-Law program provides the student interested in a law career with an opportunity to explore the discipline and develop an informed understanding of the function of law in American culture. Success in law school requires a strong ethical foundation, an excellent command of the English language, highly developed analytical and critical thinking skills and academic and professional proficiency in the law, all attributes addressed by our pre-law program. Students will learn about our constitutional system and common law heritage.
How to Get Started
Your journey begins in your first year by talking to your Academic Advisor about your interest in law and meeting with a pre-law advisor. All students in the program will declare a major, take pre-law courses and participate in the core curriculum.
Pre-Law Program Requirements
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and make no less than a B in any pre-law course. Additionally, students must show continual progress toward remedying deficiencies identified by pre-LSAT scores in any area tested.
Required courses include:
- POSC 3331 Introduction to American Jurisprudence
- POSC 3302 History of the Common Law
- POSC 3355 American Constitutional Law I
- POSC 4311 Mock Trial
Law School Advisors
Pre-law advisors not only lend support to students during the course of the program, but will also guide students in applying to law schools. Advisors also assist students to prepare for the law school application process.
Mock Trial Program
The UST Mock Trial program gives students hands-on experience in the advocacy work of attorneys, in understanding the judicial system, enhancing critical thinking skills and refining oral communication competencies by participating in American Mock Trial Association tournaments.
Pre-law students enroll in the Mock Trial course for the fall semester to learn techniques, procedures and information necessary to compete in mock trial tournaments. Each team of six students or more will have the guidance and assistance of a local attorney. During February, the teams will compete in regional tournaments. The top regional teams compete nationally in Opening Round Championship tournaments. Winners go to national finals.
Rick Young, Pre-Law Advisor