Pre-law courses at NAU

There is no official pre-law curriculum at Northern Arizona University, but the following courses will help you achieve a solid preparation for law school by developing critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. This list is only a suggested variety of courses—the main thing to consider is that law schools tend to value a broad liberal studies background. Check with the law schools that you are interested in to see what is expected of you.

Refer to the academic catalog for complete course details.

Accounting

  • 205 Legal, Ethical, Global, and Regulatory Environments of Business (3)
  • 255 Principals of Accounting: Financial (3)
  • 405 Advanced Business Law (3)

Anthropology

  • 103 Cultures in Communication (3) (CUG)
  • 105 Anthropology Today: Global Issues (3) (SPW)

Applied Indigenous Studies

  • 202 Roots of Federal American Indian Policy (3) (SPWE)
  • 210 Current American Indian Government (3) (CUE)
  • 304 Indigenous State Relations: Comparative Global Contexts (3) (SPWG)
  • 320 American Indian Politics and Policy (3) (CU)

Communication

  • 223 International Communication Skills (1-12)
  • 250 Environmental Perspectives on Communication Arts (3) (AHI)
  • 301 Race, Gender, and Media (3) (CUE)

Criminal Justice

  • 210 Courts and Justice (3)
  • 220 Law Enforcement Systems (3)
  • 250 Criminology (3) (SPW)
  • 270 Criminal Law (3)
  • 275 Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Rights (3)
  • 312 Environmental Crime (3)
  • 315 Comparative Justice Systems (3)
  • 340 White Collar and Corporate Crime (3) (SPW)
  • 341 Political Crime (3)
  • 345W Investigating Difference (3) (junior writing requirement)
  • 360 Women, Crime, and Justice (3) (SPW)
  • 380 Law in America (3) (SPW)
  • 390 Criminal Investigation (3)

Economics

  • 284 Principles of Economics: Micro (3) (SPW)
  • 285 Principles of Economics: Macro (3) (SPW)

English

  • 110 Rhetoric in the Media (3) (AHI)
  • 211 Principles of Written Argumentation (3) (AHI)
  • 245 U.S. Multi-ethnic Literature Survey (3) (AHIE)
  • 253 World Literature (3) (AHI)
  • 302W Technical Writing (3) (junior writing requirement)

Ethnic Studies

  • 215 Race and Ethnic Relations (3) (SPWE)
  • 300 Global Race and Ethnic Relations (3) (SPWG)
  • 356 Race, Power, and Politics (3) (CUE)

Forestry

  • 230 Multicultural Perspectives of Natural Resource Management (3)

History

  • 100 World History I (3) (SPW)
  • 102 World History II (3) (CUG)
  • 291 United States History to 1865 (3) (SPW)
  • 292 United States History since 1865 (3) (SPW)
  • 372 The U.S. in the World (3) (CU)
  • 381 United States-Mexico Borderlands (3) (CUE)

Hotel Administration

  • 335 Hospitality Law (3)

Interior Design

  • 326W International Codes & Regulations (3) (JWRT)

Parks and Recreation Management

  • 401 Natural Resources Protection (3)

Philosophy

  • 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) (AHI)
  • 103 Introduction to Logic (3) (SAS)
  • 105 Introduction to Ethics (3) (AHI)
  • 203 Scientific Reasoning (3) (AHI)
  • 223 Argument Analysis (3) (AHI)
  • 347 Law and Philosophy (3)

Planning

  • 401 Planning Permitting & Review (3)
  • 402 Environmental Impact Statements (3) (JWRT)
  • 421 Land Use Planning Law and Ethics(3)

Political Science

  • 110 American Politics (3) (SPW)
  • 120 World Politics (3) (CU)
  • 201 Introduction to Politics (3) (SPW)
  • 210 American Indian Tribal Government (3) (CUE)
  • 220 Federal and Arizona Constitution (1-3)
  • 241 State and Local Politics (3) (SPW)
  • 250 Introduction to Public Policy Making (3) (SPW)
  • 317 Judicial Politics
  • 320 Native American Politics (3) (CUE)
  • 335 Political Economy (3)
  • 345 Environmental Law (3)
  • 353 Contemporary Political Thought (3)
  • 355 Women, Power, and Politics (3) (CU)
  • 356 Race, Power and Politics (3) (CUE)
  • 359 Environmental Policy (3) (SPW)
  • 360 Comparative Politics (3) (SPW)
  • 361 Politics of Developing Nations (3) (SPWG)

Psychology

  • 101 Introduction to Psychology (3) (SPW)

Sociology

  • 215 Race and Ethnic Relations (3) (SPWE)

Communication Studies

  • 111 Fundamentals Of Public Speaking (3) (SPW)
  • 217 Argumentation and Debate (3)
  • 318 Oral Argumentation In Law (3) (SPW)

Pre-Law liberal studies course recommendations

Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry

  • COM 250 Environmental Perspectives on Communication Arts
  • ENG 110 Rhetoric in the Media
  • ENG 211 and 211H Principles of Written Argumentation
  • ENG 245 and 245H U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literature Survey (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • ENG 253 World Literature
  • PHI 101 and 101H Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 105 and 105H Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI 203 and 203H Scientific Reasoning
  • PHI 223 and 223H Argument Analysis

Cultural Understanding

  • ANT 103 Cultures in Communication (also Global Awareness)
  • AIS 210 Current American Indian Government (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • AIS 320 American Indian Politics and Policy
  • COM 301 and 301H Race, Gender, and Media (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • ES 356 Race, Power, and Politics (also Ethnic)
  • HIS 102 and 102H World History II (also Global Awareness)
  • HIS 372 and 372H The U.S. in the World
  • HIS 381 and 381H U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • POS 120 World Politics
  • POS 210 American Indian Tribal Government (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • POS 320 Native American Politics (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • POS 355 Women, Power, and Politics
  • POS 356 Race, Power, and Politics (also U.S. Ethnic)

Social and Political Worlds

  • ANT 105 and ANT 105H Anthropology Today: Global Issues (also Global Awareness)
  • AIS 202 Roots of Federal American Indian Policy (also U.S. Ethnic)
  • AIS 304 Indigenous State Relations: Comparative Global Contexts (also Global Awareness)
  • CCJ 250 Criminology
  • CCJ 340 White Collar and Corporate Crime
  • CCJ 360 Women, Crime, and Justice
  • CCJ 380 Law in America
  • ECO 284 and ECO 284H Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECO 285 Principles of Economics: Macro
  • ES 215 Race and Ethnic Relations (also US Ethnic)
  • ES 300 Global Race and Ethnic Relations (also Global Awareness)
  • HIS 100 and HIS 100H World History I
  • HIS 291 United States History to 1865
  • HIS 292 United States History since 1865
  • POS 110 American Politics
  • POS 201 Introduction to Politics
  • POS 241 State and Local Politics
  • POS 250 Introduction to Public Policy Making
  • POS 359 Environment Policy
  • POS 360 Comparative Politics
  • POS 361 Politics of Developing Nations (also Global Awareness)
  • PSY 101 and PSY 101H Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 215 Race and Ethnic Relations (also US Ethnic)
  • CST 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • CST 318 Oral Argumentation in Law