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The University of Mount Saint Vincent does not have a formal pre-law major. The list of courses below is recommended for all students matriculated in a traditional major who plan to study law after graduation. The courses are part of the required Core at the University of Mount Saint Vincent or are electives offered at the College. Most of these courses can be accommodated in any one of the traditional liberal arts majors.

Approved Courses


  • Advanced Writing: Argument
  • Literature Course


  • Statistics
  • Calculus (level dependent upon background)

Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Modern Language Through the Intermediate Level*


  • U.S. History (included in History major or minor)
  • Dynamics of U.S. Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Politics


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Globalization and Inequality
  • Criminology
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Criminal Law and Society
  • Criminal Justice Administration


  • Elementary Accounting I and II
  • Core: Economics


  • Logic
  • Ethics


  • Effective Speech

Please note: students who wish to gain entrance to Law School should have good academic grades, a broad background of extracurricular activities, and relatively high LSAT scores.

Pre-Law Recommendations

Students who plan to apply to law school are advised to take courses that develop their oral and written expression, ability to think analytically and critically, and comprehension of human institutions and values. While no specific major is prescribed, students are encouraged to develop a well-balanced liberal arts foundation.

Please meet with the Pre-law advisor to plan an appropriate curriculum and learn about requirements for admission to law schools, as well as availability of scholarships and career opportunities within the legal profession.


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