BLHV-278 Pre-Law: An Introduction to Investing in a Legal Education
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
Individuals attend law school for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps your desire to go to law school is a life-long dream or you’ve recently discovered a passion for the law or maybe it’s simply a back-up plan due to the competitive job market that awaits most college graduates. Regardless of why you’re contemplating a legal education, this pre-law course will lay the foundation for you to begin “thinking like a lawyer.” In the beginning of the semester, students will learn about several legal career paths (e.g., litigation, transactional, regulatory, judicial, policy/lobbying, academia, alternative) as well as discuss the pros and cons of becoming a generalist or a specialist while in law school. Students will also acquire a familiarity with and learn to distinguish different types of laws: the U.S. Constitution, federal & state law, case law, statutes, regulations, and treaties. In addition, students will develop the skills needed for a successful 1L year: perform basic legal research, write a legal memorandum, and brief a case using the IRAC method. Finally, students will conduct a self-assessment of their desire to go to law school and research their preferred law schools’ admissions statistics, employment opportunities, tuition costs, areas of specialty, etc. – culminating in an eight to ten page cost/ benefit analysis and reflective essay – to determine whether applying to law school is the most advantageous next step in their education and career path.
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