You don't have to major in political science to go to law school, but why wouldn't you?
Baylor's Department of Political Science offers a pre-law track for political science majors. We 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. Courses such as Moot Court (PSC 3311), 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 (PSC 3375) and Model Organization of American States (PSC 4v89). Baylor teams have earned awards in recent years in national and international competitions. A pre-law internship course, "Law, Justice, and the Community" (PSC 3372), surveys various substantive law topics typical of a law school curriculum and requires 8 hours per week as an intern in a local law office.
Students who follow the pre-law track fill the requirements of the political science major, while structuring their distribution requirements and electives in the major to satisfy the requirements of the track. The major in political science consists of two introductory courses, American National Government (PSC 1305) and American Constitutional Development (PSC 2302), and the distribution requirement of at least one upper-level course from among the department's six subfields. In addition, pre-law students choose at least three courses from the pre-law core and at least one course from among Moot Court, Model UN, Model OAS, and "Law, Justice, and Community" internship.
Interested students should check out the syllabus of our Moot Court course for fall of 2017.
The Political Science Department's pre-law advisor is Dr. Patrick Flavin. To schedule an appointment, email Patrick_J_Flavin@baylor.edu or call 254.710.7418.