BA in Political Science (PO) Pre-Law


Prelaw at Regis is a competency-based pre-professional program designed to assist students in in their preparation to apply to law school or to 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, will help make students competent in the skills that are necessary to succeed on the LSAT and essential for the legal profession; more importantly it serves to build character and moral fortitude with a commitment to social justice.

According to the American Bar Association, “The ABA does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education.” However, they list the following skill sets in which one must be proficient:

  • 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
  • Exposure to the Law

Since no specific major is expected of law school applicants by admission committees, and, unlike medical school, there are no specific educational requirements, we suggest a strong background in the liberal arts. 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 (ISH), for example, provides the flexibility, versatility, and diversity of course offerings to help students achieve these goals.

Admissions committees seek candidates who are educationally well rounded and have intellectual ability, critical thinking and writing skills, a strong work ethic, and a potential to lead. These skills can be honed in courses that emphasize writing, critical reading, problem solving, communication, logical thinking, and critical analysis.

Our competency based approach makes it essential for interested students to contact their prelaw advisor as early as possible because there is no one-size-fits-all curriculum with a list of courses to check off. Our personal approach marks an important distinction about our program. As part of this, to best support our students, Regis has a Pre-Law Advisory Board consisting of Regis Alums who are sitting judges and practicing attorneys to help mentor students in achieving their career goals.

Regis courses that students are encouraged to take for Pre-Law preparation include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • PH 104 Logic
  • EN 223 Rhetoric
  • EN209A 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 also 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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