Pre-Law Program

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Pre-Law at Regis is a competency-based pre-professional program designed to prepare students who plan to apply to law school or pursue a career in the legal field. A combination of curriculum and personalized advising, emphasizing especially the mission of Regis as well as the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, help students build competentence in the skills necessary to succeed on the LSAT and for building character and moral fortitude with a commitment to social justice.


Gaining Experience

The Pre-Law program at Regis prepares you to achieve the following skills sets recommended by the American Bar Association as necessary to succeed in your application to law school: Problem solving; critical reading, writing and editing; oral communication and listening; research, organization and management; public service and promotion of justice; relationship-building and collaboration; background knowledge and exposure to the law.

“The Pre-Law program at Regis is set up to prepare students, like myself, achieve success in law school as it boasts opportunities to enhance reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, while at the same time, providing students with a chance to gain real world experience through lucrative internship opportunities. Personally, I was able to put what I learned in the classroom to the test when I interned at a Boston-area law firm and at the Massachusetts State House for then-Senate President Therese Murray. I was exposed to the day-to-day duties of an attorney and learned how the legislative process worked in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
–Jennifer Amaral ‘16



Since no specific major is expected of law school applicants by admission committees, and, unlike medical school, there are no specific educational requirements, a strong background in the liberal arts is recommended. It is also best to consider a major in a field that interests you, increasing your chances of earning excellent grades. Our Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program, for example, provides the flexibility, versatility, and diversity of course offerings to help students achieve these goals.

Courses that students are encouraged to take for Pre-Law preparation include, but is not limited to:

  • PH 104 Logic
  • EN 223 Rhetoric
  • EN 209A Creative Writing
  • EN 227 Writing with Style
  • EN 230 Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction
  • EN 314 Advanced Rhetoric: The Art of Argument
  • EN 328 Writer as Critic: The Art of the Reviewer
  • EN 329 Writing for Community Service
  • EN 334 Writing and Healing
  • HI 290 Thinking, Learning, Doing: Writing for the Liberal Arts
  • ID 309 Social Science Research Methods
  • LG 210 Introduction to Law & Government
  • MT 203 Introduction to Leadership
  • MT 204 Organizational Behavior
  • PO 310 The Supreme Court and the Constitution
  • PO 311 The First Amendment
  • PO 316 Public Policy Analysis
  • PO 324 State and Local Government
  • PO 326 Criminal Justice
  • EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC 203 The Global Economy
  • CO 203 Introduction to Communication
  • CO 204 Public Speaking
  • CO 212 Writing for the Communication Professional
  • CO 219 Journalism
  • CO 220 Feature Writing
  • CO 306 Interpersonal Communication
  • CO 332 Intercultural Communication

Many of the above courses will also fulfill General/Education Core Curriculum requirements for students.

Regis has a 3+3 partnership with the Western New England School of Law to allow select students to potentially complete their undergraduate degree in three instead of four years and then begin their three year law school program.

Please contact Dr. Nicoletta Pellegrino for more information.


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