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The following are some specific course recommendations for pre-law students at Calvin.

These are not requirements, since the pre-law program has no specific course requirements—and no student would be able to take every Calvin University course that helps to prepare for a legal career. Use these lists (and the input of your pre-law advisor) to inform your choice of courses as you work toward your career goal.

For more detailed descriptions of each course, please refer to Calvin's academic catalog.

  • Courses which develop skills and values

    Analytic and problem-solving skills

    • The Introduction to Logic (PHIL 171) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 221) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Critical reading skills

    • Any upper-division course in the humanities or social sciences

    Writing and researching skills

    • Written Rhetoric (ENG 101)
    • Academic and Professional Writing (ENGL 261)
    • Business Writing (ENGL 261)
    • The Craft of Writing (ENGL 260)
    • Any upper-division course in the social sciences

    Oral communication and listening skills

    • Argumentation and Advocacy (CAS 311) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Language of law

    • Elementary Latin I (LATN 101)
    • Elementary Latin II (LATN 102)
  • Courses which develop areas of knowledge

    Politics and political theory

    • Persons in Political Community (POLS 110)
    • Governments and Globalization (POLS 214)
    • The President and Congress" (POLS 234)
    • Freedom, Justice and Political Authority (POLS 240)
    • Political Liberalism and Its Critics (POLS 306)

    Ethics and justice

    • Ethics (PHIL 205)
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PHIL 202/POLS 242) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    • Ethical Theory (PHIL 365)


    • Principles of Economics (ECON 151)
    • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 222)


    • History of the West and the World II (HIST 152)
    • U.S.A. (HIST 229)
    • America from Republic to Empire (HIST 252)

    Accounting and Finance

    • Introduction to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 203)
    • Financial Accounting (BUS 204)

    Human behavior

    • Introductory Psychology (PSYC 151)
    • Sociological Principles and Perspectives (SOC 151)
    • Sociology of Deviance (SOC 203)
    • Diversity and Inequality in the United States (SOC 250)
    • Intercultural Communication (SOC 231)
  • Courses related to law
    • American Constitutional Foundations (POLS 310) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    • International Organizations and Law (POLS 309)
    • Law in Business (BUS 350)
    • Criminal Justice System (SOC 210)
    • Criminology (SOC 303)

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