Pre-Law

Why choose Pre-Law/Political Science at SHU?

We believe Political Science best prepares students for law school for a number of reasons. For one thing, we have structured our courses and the requirements for the major around two criteria: improving our students’ ability to write and to think critically.  This allows students to perform well on admissions tests, such as the LSAT and the GRE, and enables them to succeed well beyond the time they spend with us. These factors, combined with Sacred Heart’s dedication to a well-rounded liberal arts education, allow our graduates to excel at whatever they choose to do after graduation. 

What law schools have your graduates enrolled in?

If you are interested in attending law school after graduation, as over 25% of our graduates do, you should know that our department has an exceptional history of placing students in good law schools — including Cornell, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Boston University, New York University, Rutgers, Suffolk, the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina, Southern Methodist University, the University of Connecticut, George Washington University, Syracuse, Kansas University, Villanova, and the University of Maine. 

What co-curricular activities are available?

To help facilitate the transition to Law School, the Department's Pre-Law Club serves the academic, professional, and social needs of students on their way to law school.

Are there special admission requirements?

Admission into a law school requires a bachelor's degree earned in any area of study.  Pre-law is not a major or minor; there are no specific courses required to be admitted into law school.  Yet not all courses of study are created equal.  Students should choose a discipline that fosters the skills required of them to gain admission into a good law school and succeed once they get there.  According to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), Political Science is by far the most common major for law school applicants. Others include English, History, and Psychology.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Michels, the pre-law advisor for the Department of Government and Politics.

More Information?

For more information regarding the Pre-Law program and the Pre-Law Club, contact Gary L. Rose, Ph.D., the Department Chairperson.