Special Academic Programs
Baylor offers a number of academic programs that might be of particular interest to pre-law students:
Baylor Business Fellows Program
The Baylor Business Fellows major is a program within the Hankamer School of Business targeted at students who demonstrate high intellectual standing and want to maximize their time to learn what will best benefit them in the future. Baylor Business Fellows is a special degree program offered to gifted, high achieving Baylor students, providing them the flexibility to reach their educational goals by allowing them to choose the pieces that compose their degree. Admission to Baylor Business Fellows is competitive and is separate from and subsequent to admission to Baylor University.
The Honors Program in the Honors College allows students to maximize their education along the lines recommended by the ABA. Because of the emphasis on critical thinking, research, and writing, the Honors Program is a good option for students wishing to pursue a career in law. In particular, the thesis component provides experience with rigorous and analytical writing, including preparing original pieces of substantial length and revising written work in response to constructive criticism. Successful lawyers have the ability to make persuasive arguments within complex circumstances, and writing a thesis gives undergraduate students the opportunity to bring together a great deal of information. The Honors Program also emphasizes the broad range of disciplines, fields, and practices. Law, like other professions, is an interdisciplinary practice, for which the best preparation is an interdisciplinary curriculum that helps future lawyers see the connections between the various subject areas.
Political Science Major
Baylor's Department of Political Science offers a pre-law track for political science majors, designed to offer a range of courses that deal with many of the most important issues that lawyers and jurists confront in their careers, from criminal justice, constitutional law, public policy and the courts, and international law. A new course, Moot Court, prepares students for Moot Court competition. We also offer pre-law students interested in international law and politics the options of participating in Model United Nations and Model Organization of American States. Our "Law, Justice, and Community" course (PSC 3372) covers the various subfields of legal practice, and includes a community service component consisting of 8 hours per week interning in local law offices. The Political Science Pre-Law Track is the only such track approved by Baylor University to be displayed on the student's transcript. Interested students should check out the Political Science departmental website.
Pre-Law Economics Track
The Economics major provides a sequence of courses of particular interest for students interested in pre-law, including ECO 4316 (Industrial Organization), ECO 4317 (Economics of Regulation), ECO 4318 (Law and Economics), ECO 4319 (Game Theory), ECO 4320 (The Economics of Government), and ECO 4322 (Forensic Economics).
Pre-Law Philosophy Track
The philosophy department has a track for Philosophy majors interested in pre-law. Please contact either advisor in Philosophy if you are interested.
University Scholars Program
The University Scholars program gives students excellent pre-law preparation because all students must read widely on their own outside of the course requirements with a view to preparation for an exit interview in the junior year of study. Moreover, because the program gives each student an extremely flexible schedule, students can take courses from each of the areas outlined in this booklet, developing a unique, individualized course of study as excellent preparation for law school.