Warren Wilson College Catalog 04-05

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Pre-Law Studies

Faculty: John P. Casey, Benjamin Feinberg, Paul Magnarella

The pre-law program offers guidance and specialized curriculum planning for future lawyers. Students who wish to prepare for the graduate study of law are best served by combining a liberal arts major with individualized help from a pre-law advisor and an organized program of study for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). Law schools and legal employers do not look for students with a specialized pre-law background. On the contrary, they recognize students who have broadly prepared themselves to think on their feet, read and understand challenging material in any discipline, and demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills. Particularly useful pre-law majors include English and History and Political Science. A short list of courses that should be taken by all pre-law students includes PHI 255 Philosophy of Science and Logic and PSC 431 Constitutional Law. Students also will have access to tutoring for the LSAT exam and are strongly encouraged to use this resource.

Certain other Warren Wilson College courses may be particularly helpful for pre-law students, depending on the type of legal field they wish to enter. The following course lists are useful for pre-law students interested in Social Justice, Environmental Law, Business Law, and Government and International Relations. These courses are not required for a major, but it is recommended that pre-law students take at least 20 hours, including 12 upper division hours, in whichever field is appropriate.

Social Justice

ENS 451 Community and Land Use Planning
HIS 131 United States History I
HIS 132 United States History II
HIS/WMS 230 Women in American History
HIS 334 History of the African-American Experience
HIS 339 The United States Since 1945
PAX 110 Introduction to Peace Studies
PAX 325 Resolving Conflict - Local and Global
SOW 201 Introduction to Social Work
SOW 210 History of Social Work and Social Welfare
SOW 330 Issues in Human Diversity
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 219 Deviance and Social Control
SOC 290 Law and Society
SOC 317 Social Theory
SOC 322 Race Relations in the United States
SOC/WMS 215 Women and Society
SOC/WMS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment
SOC/WMS 366 Feminist Thought
SOC/WMS 370 Violence Against Women
WMS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies
WMS 401 From Patriarchy to Partnership

Environmental Law

ANT 338 Archaeology and the Environment
ECO 190 Contemporary Social and Economic Issues
ECO 201 Microeconomics
ECO 380 Environmental and Ecological Economics
ECO 383 Economic Growth and Development
ENS 116 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENS 205 Environmental History of the United States
ENS/PSY 220 Environmental Attitudes, Values, and Behavior
ENS 245 Environmental Politics and Political Theory
ENS 350 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENS 421 Environmental Policy
ENS 425 Sustainable Development and the Politics of Growth
ENS 451 Community and Land Use Planning
PHI 115 Alternative Philosophies
PHI 252 Environmental Ethics
PHI 257 Ethical Theory and Practical Issues
REL 212 Religion, Nature, and the Environment
SOC 271 Environmental Sociology
SOC/WMS 325 Gender, Development and the Environment

Business Law

BA 201 Accounting I
BA 310 Introduction to Non-profit Management
Other upper level Business courses
ECO 190 Contemporary Economic Problems
ECO 201 Microeconomics
ECO 307 International Trade
ECO 383 Economic Growth and Development
PHI 257 Ethical Theory and Practical Issues
PSC 257 International Relations

Government and International Relations

ECO 201 Microeconomics
ECO 307 International Trade
ECO 383 Economic Growth and Development
ENS 421 Environmental Policy
ENS 425 Sustainable Development and the Politics of Growth
HIS 131 United States History I
HIS 132 United States History II
HIS 339 The United States Since 1945
PAX 320 The Palestine Question
PAX 325 Resolving Conflict: Local and Global
PSC 151 Introduction to American Government
PSC 257 International Relations
PSC 258 Comparative Government: Industrialized States
PSC 328 Western Political Thought
PSC 329 American Political Thought
PSC 330 Politics of Developing States
PSC 336 United States Foreign Policy