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Preparing for a Career in Law

Are you interested in law? Political science is one of the most popular majors for students interested in attending law school. Our department offers many opportunities for pre-law students.

Public Law Concentration

The public law concentration in the political science major allows you to select courses for the major in a way that foregrounds law. The concentration focuses attention on law and courts and the relationship of both to larger issues of justice, social change and democracy.

Law, Religion, and Politics Minor

The law, religion, and politics minor is an interdisciplinary minor unique to Saint Louis University. In the minor, you analyze and compare legal norms, theory and practice within religious traditions and in legal systems. You gain a theoretically and historically grounded understanding of human dignity and justice, and you consider how laws and political structures can promote equity toward all members of a community.

Accelerated B.A./J.D. Program

This accelerated program is ideal for motivated political science students who know they want to attend law school at Saint Louis University and wish to save resources by applying law school credits to their bachelor’s degrees. Students start law school after three years of undergraduate study. They apply a maximum of 30 law school credit hours completed in their first year to their undergraduate degree program and receive their bachelor’s degree after the successful completion of the first year of SLU Law.

Courses on Law

You can take courses on constitutional, administrative, and international law as well as courses on judicial politics and incarceration. Some of the faculty who teach courses related to law are:

  • Sarah Cate, Ph.D., teaches classes on the intersection of race, class, and incarceration policies.
  • Morgan Hazelton, Ph.D., teaches classes on constitutional law and judicial politics.
  • Emmanuel Uwalaka, Ph.D., teaches International Law.
  • Kenneth Warren, Ph.D., teaches Law, Politics, and Regulatory Policy.

Legal Internships

You can explore a variety of kinds of legal work while earning academic credit through an internship. You might work in a law office, for the American Civil Liberties Union, or for the St. Louis Country Prosecuting Attorney. The options are endless. For more information on legal internships, contact Robert Cropf, Ph.D.

Advising for Pre-Law Students

Morgan Hazelton, Ph.D., practiced law prior to earning her Ph.D. She understands the law school admissions process well and can help students navigate the admissions process. She also serves as the faculty adviser for the pre-law student organization Amicus Curiae.

Special Events for Pre-Law Students

The department has brought in a variety of speakers of interest to students thinking about law school.