History Pre-Law Track

The Pre-Law History track will prepare you for success in law school

Pre-law students need to develop the skills of analytical thinking, research, persuasive writing, and oral argument — the DeSales history major delivers all of these and more. When studying history, you learn how to formulate questions, weigh evidence, and make compelling cases. You learn the history of those values, traditions, and institutions that are at work in today’s major legal debates. You will come to appreciate the power of ideas and of language itself, as enshrined in the law. These skills are crucial for success in law school.

History students examine legal systems of the past and present, how people established them, and in what ways they succeeded or failed. Perhaps most importantly, the study of history allows students to grapple with change over time. 

The program has two groups of requirements:

I. Completion of twelve courses in United States, European, and Comparative History, of which the following four are required:

  • HI333 Rise of Modern Europe

  • HI311 New American Republic

  • HI399 and HI401, the seminars in methodology and research, for which Pre-Law students will focus on topics in legal history.

II. Completion four additional courses:

  • Philosophy 225 Logic and Argument

  • Political Science 330 Constitutional Law

  • Criminal Justice 160 Criminal Law

  • Law and Society 109 Trial by Jury OR Law and Society 355 Law in America

In addition to these courses, students will be encouraged to arrange an internship with a legal practice in the Lehigh Valley. Through the Humanities Department, students can receive credit for such internships. The university's pre-law advisor will also provide pre-law students advice about legal careers and law school admission.

The St. Thomas More Society, the student association for those interested in the study of law, affords students the opportunity to meet with law students and practicing lawyers, take field trips to observe the court system in action, learn about the law school application process, and participate in law-related community service activities. Learn more about the St. Thomas More Society.

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