Pre-Law Program

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Program Description

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The Pre-Law Program at Regis is for students who plan to apply to law school or pursue a legal career. Pre-Law is not a specific major at Regis; students are encouraged to pursue a major of interest that aligns with their career goals. Pre-Law students receive personalized assistance from a Pre-Law advisor to select a curriculum that will best prepare them for legal field and the LSAT exam.

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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Gaining Experience

Pre-Law students benefit from the unique values of a Regis education, which emphasize character building and a commitment to social justice. In addition, students are guided towards courses that will help build the following skills recommended by The American Bar Association for law school applicants:

  • 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

“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

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Curriculum

As no specific major is expected of law school applicants by admission committees, a strong background in the liberal arts is recommended.

It is best for students to select a major in a field that interests them. Regis’ Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities program, for example, provides the flexibility of course offerings to help students customized their academic experience based on their future career 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 209 A 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.

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