Legal Studies (Pre-Law)
Are you interested in a legal career?
Our Legal Studies program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed. The Legal Studies program was designed by real attorneys to provide you with the right mix of classes to give you an edge in your legal education. The program is interdisciplinary, meaning it draws from several related areas of study. As part of our Legal Studies program you’ll take courses in Government that cover basic courtroom process, legal philosophy, and constitutional law. You’ll take select courses in History that focus on the origins of our legal system. You’ll have courses in economics to give you a taste of business law. If you are interested in trial law, you’ll take courses in argumentation, advocacy, and mediation. If criminal justice is your interest, you can take classes in that area as well. In short, our Legal Studies program is designed to expose you to various facets of the law so you can develop a more informed decision about your career options, the different fields of practice, and graduate with the skills to help you get there.
Because the Legal Studies program is designed to prepare you for getting into and succeeding in law school, it is basically a major and minor combined into one program. You can still select an additional minor to complement your studies, but it might take you a little bit longer to graduate. We have many students who chose minors in communications, sociology, or Spanish to help them plan for their careers, and you can still do it in four years if you plan well. Your advisor can discuss these and other options with you.
Not sure you want to be a lawyer? The Legal Studies program isn’t just for aspiring lawyers. Since you’ll get a solid foundation in basic legal principles and processes, the Legal Studies program would be ideal for students looking to do regulatory work in the private sector, considering a career in government, or wanting to pursue a job in law enforcement. We frequently have recruiters from local and national law enforcement agencies on campus, ranging from the Houston Police Department to the FBI and CIA. When you come to campus, make sure to discuss the Legal Studies option with your advisor if you have an interest in any of these areas.
Our Legal Studies program is brand new, but here is what some of our recent graduates who reviewed the program said:
"I graduated in 2006 with a double major in Government and Economics. The courses provided in HBU’s pre-law program would definitely prepare you for law school. When I was at HBU I took legal communications, constitutional law, economics and the law and business law. These courses made me more comfortable with the Socratic method, taught me how to read and summarize intricate cases and sharpened my public speaking skills. When I arrived at law school, it wasn’t as daunting for me as it was for other students because I already knew what to expect. I highly recommend the pre-law program at HBU to ensure a smooth transition into the rigorous law school environment." – Arwa Awad, BA Government and Economics 2006, Attorney-at-Law, Maersk Oil Houston Inc.
"As a practicing attorney, I see real value in HBU's Legal Studies program and wish that it was around during my time on campus." Justin Chakrabarty, BA 2009, Government and History, Attorney-at-Law, Chakrabarty & Funderburk, PLLC
"The Legal Studies program will sharpen your thinking, writing, and analytical skills – all essential for the success of your career as a student lawyer – so do not miss out on this great program." Abe Carreon Jr. ,BA 2012, English Major and Government Minor, Camerlengo Law Group, Law Clerk, Law School Student - Juris Doctor Candidate 2015
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