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Pre-law Minor (Six courses)

Interdisciplinary Minor in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

Admission to law schools requires a baccalaureate degree and a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. The degree may be in any discipline. Students preparing for law school are advised to take courses in logical thought, American history, American politics, business, and criminal and civil law. While no specific courses are required, IU Northwest offers an interdisciplinary prelaw minor for students interested in attending law school.

The minor includes six courses totaling 18 credits. Students in SPEA, the School of Business and Economics, and history majors in the College of Arts and Sciences could double-count courses that are required for their major or concentration, but they are required to take at least four courses or 12 credits outside of their major or concentration.

The structure of the minor is as follows:

  • BUS L201 Legal Environment of Business
  • HIST H106 American History II (Twentieth Century)
  • PHIL P150 Elementary Logic
  • POLS Y103 Introduction to American Politics
  • SPEA J101 American Criminal Justice System
  • One elective

Students may pick from the following courses for the elective:

  • BUS A201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BUS L303 The Commercial Law
  • ECON E201 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • HIST A313 Origins of Modern America
  • HIST A315 Recent U.S. History
  • HIST H105 American History I
  • SPEA H441 Legal Aspects of Health Care
  • SPEA J301 Substantive Criminal Law
  • SPEA J303 Evidence

The prelaw advisor can approve an elective that is not on the list if it meets the educational objectives.

The university provides prelaw counseling for interested students. Contact the prelaw advisor at (219) 980-6695 or (219) 981-5668.

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