Course Recommendations

Chapter 4
COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Certain courses can be particularly useful in developing the skills you will need to do well on the LSAT, in law school, and in the practice of law, such as analytical, critical thinking, research and communication skills, argumentation, and above all, writing. Some courses cover specifically law-related topics. Consider including some of the following courses in your degree program. For more information on the courses listed below, visit the University of Georgia's Course Bulletin.

English Composition and Literature - Any composition or literature course may be helpful. Look especially for smaller classes which are described as "Writing Intensive." There are majors and minors available in English, classics, and comparative literature.

 

Foreign Language - The study of any foreign language can develop a better understanding of the structure of language and the tools of communication. Certain types of public service law or international law may be enhanced by proficiency in an appropriate modern language. The classical languages of Greek or Latin remain an excellent means of increasing one's vocabulary and reading comprehension. Many degrees at the University do not require foreign language, and you should talk with your academic advisor about choices for your limited elective hours.

Philosophy - Philosophy courses may be especially helpful and may be used to fulfill core requirements in various degrees. You may earn a major or a minor in philosophy.

Strongly recommended classes include:

  • PHIL 2010 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 - Logic and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 - Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 2500 - Symbolic Logic

More advanced selections include:

  • PHIL 3200 - Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 4210 - Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 4220 - Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 4240 - Philosophy of Law

Educational Psychology -The department of Educational Psychology offers a course called EPSY 2130: Exploring Teaching and Learning (formerly EPSY 2020) that may be of interest to Pre-Law students. This course introduces students to basic issues and concepts related to how people are motivated, how they learn, and how common developmental factors affect learning and motivation with a broad range of settings such as client advising and "education" in law.

Political Science - Political science has long been a popular and useful study for Pre-Law students and may be considered as a possible major or minor.

The following courses are considered extremely helpful for any Pre-Law student:

  • POLS 4700 - Constitutional Law: Powers
  • POLS 4710 - Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 4740 - Judicial Process and Behavior

Other useful courses include:

  • INTL 4210 - International Law
  • POLS 4750 - Gender, Law, and Politics
  • POLS 4720 - Criminal Procedure
  • POLS 4730 - Criminal Law

Communication Studies - Speech courses are strongly recommended and are helpful for any Pre-Law student.

There is a major and a minor available. Some basic choices include:

  • COMM 1100- Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 1500 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

More advanced courses include:

  • COMM 4220 - Theories of Argumentation
  • COMM 4330 - Communication Strategies in the Courtroom

Criminal Justice - Criminal justice is a multi-disciplinary major or minor you may wish to consider if you are interested in criminal law. Courses are primarily taken from political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history. Students must submit an application for acceptance to this major at the end of their sophomore year. Students earning the major must complete an internship.

Sociology - Sociology gives insight into the wider social and political contexts in which decisions in society are made. There is a major and a minor available in sociology.

Courses which specifically address legal and criminal issues include:

  • SOCI 3070 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI 3140 - Social Control of Crime
  • SOCI 3150 - Criminal Punishment and Society
  • SOCI 3810 - Criminology
  • SOCI 3830 - Violence and Society
  • SOCI 4830 - Sociology of Law

History - A good background in American history is important, and you may feel that you need the benefit of both HIST 2111 (American History to 1865) and HIST 2112 (American History since 1865), although only one is required to satisfy the Regents' requirement for American history. History remains a popular major or minor for Pre-Law students. Courses that emphasize critical thinking, research, and writing will be valuable.

A course directly concerning law is:

  • HIST 4060 - American Legal History

Courses in Science and Technology - If you wish to pursue seriously such fields as health, environmental, intellectual property or patent law, you may benefit from a background in the major science sequences in the chemical, biological, and physical sciences, as well as courses in genetics, computer science, environmental health science and ecology. You may choose to earn a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources, or various other degrees, or you may ask your advisor how to use specific classes in your Bachelor of Arts degree.

If you are earning an A.B. you may also consider non-prerequisite courses with an environmental emphasis such as:

  • ECOL 1000-1000L - Ecological Basis of Environmental Issues
  • GEOG 1125-1125D - Resources, Society, and the Environment
  • GEOL 1121 - Earth Processes and Environments

Possibly followed by:

  • GEOL 3150 - Coastal Processes and Conservation
  • GEOL 3250 - Earth Resources and the Environment

A couple of courses dealing with environmental law:

  • AAEC(ECOL) 4770H- The Business of Environmental Law (Honors)
  • FANR 4810/6810 - ECOL 4810/6810- Natural Resources Law

The First-Year Odyssey Seminars, offer freshmen a wonderful opportunity for a serious, in-depth academic experience in a small class with some of the most esteemed members of the University faculty. Seminars are offered on a variety of topics, and the list of offerings each semester is available online or from your advisor.

Other Academic Areas

Business Courses - Many students go to law school after earning the Bachelor of Business Administration. Other students may wish to obtain some basic business concepts and vocabulary by taking business courses in their core or electives. There is no minor available in Business Administration, but you may wish to discuss with your advisor how you might count certain business courses in your degree requirements.

A class in economics is generally recommended for all Pre-Law students. ECON 2106 is Microeconomics; ECON 2105 is Macroeconomics. Additional upper-level classes may also be useful. Economics classes are also considered Arts and Sciences classes and may count in the social science area in many degree core requirements. Economics is available as an A.B. degree through Arts and Sciences, and is a good option for a business-oriented student who desires a liberal arts degree. Although an A.B. degree, the level of math required for the Economics major is: MATH 2200, Analytic Geometry and Calculus.

Courses in legal studies are offered through the Terry College of Business Administration. Students may wish to consider the introductory course, LEGL 2700 - Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business, or any of the more advanced courses in Legal Studies.

As with the Legal Studies classes, ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102, Principles of Accounting I and II, are available to all students not only those enrolled in the College of Business Administration. A more general introduction is available through ACCT 1160 - Survey of Accounting, which is for the non-major and takes a non-technical approach.

Journalism Courses - Students often go to law school after earning the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers elective classes or a minor to interested students who do not wish to pursue an A.B.J. degree. A particular course you may be interested in is JRLC 5040 - Law of Mass Communication. If you are not a student in the College of Journalism you may seek Permission of School (POS) for this course if it is officially recommended by your advisor. This course has the prerequisite of at least one basic JRL course.

Computer Proficiency is becoming indispensable for law students. In addition to word processing, much research is now carried out on computer. You may want to consider taking CSCI 1100-1100L, Introduction to Personal Computing if you have not already acquired good computer skills.

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