Suggested Courses

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:

  1. Analytic reasoning and problem-solving skills
  2. Critical reading abilities
  3. Writing skills
  4. Oral communication and listening abilities
  5. General research skills
  6. Task organization and management skills
  7. 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.

Suggested Courses

Courses that fulfill General Education requirements are indicated by (GE) following their titles.

COMM 101 Argumentation and Practical Reasoning (GE)
COMM 128 Public Speaking
COMM 230 Persuasion
COMM 232 Argumentation and Debate
CS 131 Fundamentals of Programming in Basic
ECON 201 Principles of Economics-Micro (GE)
ECON 202 Principles of Economics-Macro (GE)
ENGL 203 Expository Writing
ENGL 346 Creative Non-Fiction Writing
FREN 221-222: Advanced Language Practice
SPAN 221-222: Advanced Language Practice
FREN 241-242: Conversation and Composition
HIST 200 Introduction to Historical Study and Writing
MATH 102 Precalculus
MATH 222 Introductory Statistics
MATH 231 The Mathematics of Computer Science
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (GE)
PHIL 101 Introduction to Ethics (GE)
PHIL 201 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 216 Modern European Philosophy
PHIL 217 Classic American Philosophers
PHIL 313 Symbolic Logic
POLI 111-112 The Quest for Justice I, II (GE)
RELG 201 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (GE)

Law-related Courses

ACCT 323 Business Law for Accountants
BUAD 322 Legal Environment of Business
ENVS 350 Environmental Law and Policy (2 credits)
HIST 339 Atlantic World in the Seventeenth Century
HIST 340 Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century
JOUR 405 Media Law
MST 301 Issues in Museum Studies
PHIL 315 The Philosophy of Law
POLI 325-326 Constitutional Law in the United States
PSYC 302 Social Psychology
CRIM 241 Criminology
CRIM 243 Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 244 Criminal Justice Process
SPMG 353 Sports Law

International Relations and Foreign Policy

INTL 101 Global Politics in the New Millennium
INTL 213 World Regional Geography
POLI 265 Growling Tigers, Fiery Dragons: The Asia Pacific
POLI 270 International Relations
POLI 275 Latin American Politics
POLI 301 Politics of Developing Nations
POLI 306 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLI 372 United States Foreign Policy
POLI 375 U.S. - Latin American Relations