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Educational Programs


No single major is exclusively appropriate for pre-law students. Students should choose a single major that interests them and requires intensive reading, critical thinking, and writing. Traditionally, majors in English and the various Social sciences have been the choices of a majority of pre-law students. However, in increased numbers students in Philosophy, Languages, Mathematics and Natural Sciences have chosen to pursue advanced studies in the Law, Following the guidelines of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) the Moravian Pre-Law program does not recommend a particular major to students who wish to go to law school or pursue law as a career. However, the College has identified certain areas of study and course work to assist students in their preparation for future legal studies and help students focus his or her thoughts about the future. Students considering law school are encouraged to take the following courses if they wish to improve their chances of success in obtaining entrance to law school and becoming productive members of the legal profession. Some of these courses may also be used to fulfill the Learning in Common requirements.

   English 211 Creative Nonfiction (or equivalent course)
   Philosophy 211 Symbolic Logic
A minimum of three courses from the following set:
   Accounting 157 Financial Accounting
   Economics 152 Principles of Economics
   Economics 330 Public Finance
   History 243 The U.S. 1815-1877
      Sociology 226
The Legal Environment of Business
   Political Science 130 The First Amendment
   Political Science/
      Sociology 220
American Constitutional Law
   Political Science/
      Sociology 221
Congress and the Presidency
   Political Science 225 Congress and the Presidency
   Sociology 216 The Legal System

It also is suggested that pre-law students choose Latin to fulfill the foreign language requirement (LinC F3), though it is recognized that not all students will find it possible or practicable to do so.

A student interested in the pre-law program should speak with the pre-law advisor, James J. Ravelle, as soon as possible. The pre-law advisor will be glad to answer any questions about the program or general preparation for law school.