The following lists of courses are based on recommendations from a faculty survey and the Pre-Law Advising Committee. The courses are grouped into two areas: 1) pre-law skills and 2) law-related courses. Please bear in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. These are only some of the courses relevant to skills needed for pre-law.
While acceptance to law school is not contingent on any particular major, the American Bar Association recommends that students obtain skills in seven areas:
- Analytic reasoning and problem-solving skills
- Critical reading abilities
- Writing skills
- Oral communication and listening abilities
- General research skills
- Task organization and management skills
- Ethics/service to others: the values of serving faithfully the interests of others while also promoting justice
- Lynchburg College does not offer a pre-law major or minor.
- Students from any Lynchburg College major may apply to law school.
- Students must complete at least one of the existing majors at Lynchburg College for graduation.
- All courses at Lynchburg College will provide one or more of the requisite skills for pre-law preparation.
Courses that fulfill General Education requirements are indicated by (GE) following their titles.
Application of the “tools of the fiction writer” (i.e. structure, characterization, sensory detail) to the writing of non-fiction commonly known as “immersion journalism.” Major emphasis is placed on student writing and the study of models from contemporary writers in the genre.
This course includes the study of a variety of functions and their graphs and transformations, including linear, quadratic, radical, rational, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions. The study of trigonometry will include both the right triangle and the unit circle approach. The course is intended to strengthen the algebra and trigonometry skills required for the study of Calculus.
This course examines legal principles, the role of law in society, and the legal environment in which business operates.
This course is a study of national and local laws and their application to the policies formulated by governments.
This course is a study of England and her American colonies in the century that saw the genesis of the British Empire as well as the Civil Wars and the Revolution of 1688. Both HIST 339 and 340 offer detailed study of the legal systems of Great Britain and colonial and federal America.
This course is an examination of various theories of what a legal system is. Attention is given to a number of related issues including the morality in the formation of a legal system, legal justice, the proper limits of state authority over an individual citizen’s autonomy, and theories of punishment.