Pre-law Program

The Pre-Law Concentration at Lourdes University provides students with extensive immersion in critical thinking, communication skills, and a background in the Unites States legal system. At the same time, the program also gives them a solid foundation in ethics and social justice consistent with the institution’s Catholic and Franciscan values. Specialized courses such as ENG 440: Studies in Rhetoric and PLS 250: Introduction to the Legal Profession make the Pre-Law Concentration at Lourdes unique and very focused on student success in a future legal career.

Students can choose any major while still pursuing the Pre-Law Concentration. The concentration itself requires a minimum of 20 hours of coursework from recommended courses, but students are encouraged to take as many courses for the concentration as their majors will allow. To obtain the designation of Pre-Law Concentration, a student must successfully complete at least two courses from each of the following categories:

Communication Skills
ART 453: Senior Thesis in Art History
BUS 459: Business Policy
ENG 316: Foundations of Rhetoric
ENG 440: Studies in Rhetoric
ENG 498: Senior Research
HST 430: Historiography
ND 480: B.A.I.S. Capstone
PSY 489: Psychology Capstone
SOC 436: Sociology Capstone
SWK/SOC 413: Practice Oriented Research
THS 480: Senior Integrative Seminar
Any History course 200 level or above

Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills
PHL 102: Introduction to Critical Thinking
PHL 305 Symbolic Logic

Understanding of the U.S. Legal System
PLS 250: Introduction to the Legal Profession
PLS 122: American National Government
PLS 310: Constitution and Supreme Court
SOC 208: Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
US History Course at 300 or 400 level
BUS 440 Employment Law

Foundation in Ethics and Social Justice
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics
SOC 324: Ethics and Criminal Justice
BUS 430 Business Ethics
SWK 312: Social Welfare Systems
SWK 412: Contemporary Social Welfare Policy and Services
THS 265: Christian Ethics
THS 435: Peace, Justice, and Forgiveness

Business and Economic Knowledge
BUS 201 Accounting I
BUS 202 Accounting II
BUS 255 Microeconomic
BUS 304 Corporate Finance

The University of Toledo College of Law Hometown Advantage Program

The University of Toledo College of Law offers presumptive admission to all Lourdes University undergraduate students who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above and a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of 154 or above. Toledo Law is offering this program in recognition of the high caliber of students graduating from Lourdes University and in continuing partnership with the community.

To qualify for presumptive admission to Toledo Law through the Hometown Advantage Program, Lourdes University students must:

  • Complete the LSAC application.
    • Register with the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC);
    • Enroll in the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS); and
    • Complete a University of Toledo College of Law application for admission.
  • Score a 154 or higher on the LSAT.
  • Complete all requirements for an undergraduate degree from Lourdes University prior to August 2015 with a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA.

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