Pre-Law Studies Minor

The Pre-Law Studies Minor at Montclair State University is designed to enhance the preparation of students planning to seek admission to law school by promoting the development of abilities which are considered to be particularly important in the study and practice of law:

  • To reason logically
  • To analyze complex ideas involving intricate interrelationships
  • To read with understanding and accuracy
  • To write with clarity and precision

Pre-Law Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing critical reasoning, writing and analytical skills. The program offers students a balanced and varied background, enriching the student’s academic major, in the acquisition of skills essential for success in the field of law.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
JURI 210Perspectives on Law3
or LAWS 200 Introduction to Law
LAWS 302Legal Research3
LAWS 362Legal Writing3
Essential Skills Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to Public and Professional Writing
Style and Editing
Creative Nonfiction
Language of the Law
Language of Propaganda
Legal Reasoning
Statistical Methods in Business
Critical Reasoning and Arguments
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
English Vocabulary: Classical Roots
Essentials of Jurisprudence
Conflict and Its Resolution
American Government and Politics
Law in Society: Civil Law
Background Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Fundamentals of Accounting
Applied Macroeconomics
Introduction to American Studies
Emergence of the Modern United States
Special Topics in Jurisprudence
Pre-Law Internship
Special Topics in Law
Seminar in Law and Literature
American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
Human Rights Law
Social and Political Philosophy
Knowledge, Belief and Truth
Feminist Jurisprudence
Total Credits21