Prelaw Minor

Department of Social Sciences and History

The 15-credit Prelaw Minor provides students with the substantive background and specific skills for success in law school as well as basic exposure to legal systems and concepts. The Prelaw minor targets these areas for development:

1. clear, concise, organized writing

2. logic and reasoning skills

3. oral argument and advocacy

4. effective argument construction and assessment

5. exposure to legal thinking and terminology

Required Courses

POLS 1210 Introduction to Law (3 credits); this course should be taken before the other classes in the prelaw minor sequence

POLS 3307 Civil Liberties/Civil Rights (3 credits); this course will include a significant legal writing emphasis 


One class (3 credits) from the following “Criminology and Law” category:

CMLGY 2300 Wrongful Convictions
CMLGY 2307 Social Deviance
CMLGY 2317 Probation and Parole
CMLGY 2360 Victimology
CMLGY 3301 Women and Crime
CMLGY 3310 Juvenile Delinquency
CMLGY 3360 Forensic Psychology


One class (3 credits) from the following “Anthropology/Sociology and Law” category:

ANTH 2430 Anthropology of Law
ANTH 3349 War and Crime
SOCI 2318 Law and the Family
SOCI 3334 Law and Society



POLS 2238 Trial Process (3 credits)

Other courses may be accepted upon petitioning to the director of the Prelaw Minor. These substitutes may include relevant faculty/student research, internships, or senior thesis credits.


Dr. Bruce Peabody
Tel: 973-443-8729

Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

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