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Overview

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A career in law calls for decisiveness, strategic thinking, and powerful communication—the very skills you'll develop through Quincy University's Pre-Law Concentration.

The Pre-Law Concentration is offered within the History and Political Science majors; but students in any other major may also earn a Pre-Law Concentration and participate in the program's activities. Political science faculty serve as coordinators of a series of courses and practica focusing on constitutional, civil, international, and criminal legal issues. The curriculum is designed to prepare you for advanced study in law school.

Quincy professors, alumni, and members of the area legal community devote time and expertise to the concentration, offering you unrivaled access to their assistance in prepping for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), exploring internships, obtaining a great recommendation for law school, and planning a satisfying career.

Mock Trial
Quincy's nationally recognized Mock Trial Team will sharpen your competitive edge as you try cases against teams from such schools as Washington University, Vanderbilt University, Loyola University, the Air Force Academy, and University of Illinois. Our team has advanced to the national tournament in seven of its first 10 years of competition, earning team and individual accolades in regional contests. Area judges and attorneys join the faculty in coaching the squad, which hosts its own Riverside Classic Tournament each year.  Enhancing the preparation for our Pre-Law and Mock Trial students, Quincy University is home to a Mock Trial Courtroom (the "John 'Pete' Brown Courtroom") which opened in 2012.

Contact Us

For more information about the Pre-Law Concentration, feel free to contact:

Dr. Brian Borlas
Professor of Political Science
217-228-5432 ext. 3034
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Courses

21 semester hours chosen from the following: 

BUS 215     Business Law
Credit Hours: 3
Origin, nature and growth of law and the role that law plays in modern business. Contacts, sales, personal property, real property and tort liability; wills, insurance and landlord/tenant.

CRJ 101     Introduction to Criminal Justice
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the history, structure, and functions of the various elements of the American criminal justice system.

POL 200     United States Government
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamentals of the United States federal system of government; governmental organizations; processes and functions at national, state, and local levels with emphasis on national. This course satisfies teacher certification and statute requirements. [S5 900]

POL 260     American Judicial Process
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of the American judicial system. Information about the major structures and processes of the American judiciary and courthouse dynamics. Covers organization and procedures of the various courts to the current applications of specific laws and rules, legal history, and legal education. A practical and comprehensive look at the conduct of the judicial system. Includes an interactive experience as students take on roles as lawyers and witnesses in a mock trial exercise.

POL 261    Mock Trial I (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 262  Mock Trial II (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed specially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 261.

POL 263  Mock Trial I (Civil)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 264  Mock Trial II (Civil)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. Prerequisite: POL 263. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 263.

POL 363     American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon the basic structure and power relationships in the American Constitutional system. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 364     Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon civil rights and liberties. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 480-1  Practicum In Political Science
Credit Hours: 1-6
An assignment involving the practical application of political science knowledge. Interns will work with one of several governmental offices or governmental-related private agencies located within the nearby tri-state area. Approximately 50 hours of practicum required per credit hour. Graded on A/F scale. Only 3 hours may count toward Political Science Pre-law concentration.

Note that some of the above courses may also fulfill the University’s general education requirements. Only 3 credit hours of Mock Trial can apply toward the degree.

 

12 semester hours chosen from the following courses:

BUS 316     Advanced Business Law
Credit Hours: 3
Policy and rationale of the law of negotiable instruments, agency, partnership, corporations, accountant’s liability, employment laws, federal securities regulation and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: BUS 215.

COM 390     Communication Law
Credit Hours: 3
Provides understanding of historical, legal and ethical issues involved in freedom of expression. Principles and case studies in communication law, constitutional guarantees, libel, privacy, contempt, privilege, copyright, regulatory agencies, public policy. Discussion of major court decisions in each area of communication law and historical/political climate out of which the cases emerged provide the framework for the course. Prerequisite: junior/ senior standing.

CRJ 246     Foundations of Criminal Law
Credit Hours: 3
The development of law as a means of social control from the earliest times up to the present constitutional, statutory, and case law in the United States. Prerequisite: CRJ 101. (Formerly CRJ 346)

CRJ 343     Criminology
Credit Hours: 3
Recent trends in delinquency and crime; the nature of criminal behavior; personal and social factors in crime causation; critical evaluation of criminological theories. Lecture based.

CRJ 344     Crime and Corrections
Credit Hours: 3
Treatment of crime and delinquency; probation; penal and reformatory institutions; parole; recidivism; the problems of the prevention of crime.

CRJ 347     Contemporary Criminal Law and Procedures
Credit Hours: 3
The study of criminal proceedings.  Legal issues associated with investigation of crimes, acquisition of evidence, securing of confessions, the foundations and operations of the exclusionary rule, utilization of counsel.  Constitutional rights regarding criminal defendants and associated matters.  Emphasis on current case law and trends in criminal justice.  Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or POL 200.

HIS 311     Modern Britain 1689-Present
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the period of the Glorious Revolution, the evolution of Britain as a world economic and political power in the 18th and 19th Centuries and the decline of Britain as a global power in the 20th Century.

HIS 360     Revolution and Nation Making
Credit Hours: 3
Follows the path of American colonial society as it matured prior to the break with Britain. It will trace the causes of the American revolution and the effect of war on society including the social, economic and political changes it brought about. Finally, it will focus upon the creation of the Constitution and the Early Republic through the War of 1812.

POL 363     American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon the basic structure and power relationships in the American Constitutional system. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 364     Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon civil rights and liberties. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 385     Political Theory: 1500-Present
Credit Hours: 3
Ideas of the major political thinkers from Machiavelli to Marx on the attempt to balance the desire for order and stability with the desire for freedom and liberty.

POL 421     International Law
Credit Hours: 3
Nature, sources, and development of international law; leading principles defining the rights of states in times of peace, war, and neutrality. Mediation, arbitration, international courts, maritime and aviation law will be covered. Prerequisite: POL 236.

Program Requirements

21 semester hours chosen from the following:


BUS 215 Business Law
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
POL 200 United States Government
POL 260 The American Judicial Process
POL 261 Mock Trial I (Criminal)
POL 262 Mock Trial II (Criminal)
POL 263 Mock Trial I (Civil)
POL 264 Mock Trial II (Civil)
POL 363 American Constitutional Law or
POL 364 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 480 Practicum in Political Science

Note that some of the above courses may also fulfill the University's general education requirements. Only 3 credit hours of Mock Trial can apply toward the degree.

12 semester hours chosen from the following courses:

BUS 316 Advanced Business Law
COM 390 Communication Law & Ethics
CRJ 343 Criminology
CRJ 344 Crime and Corrections
CRJ 346 Foundations of Criminal Law
CRJ 347 Contemporary Criminal Law
HIS 311 Modern Britain 1689-Present
HIS 360 Revolution and Nationmaking
POL 363 American Constitutional Law or
POL 364 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 385 Power, Authority, Freedom & Liberty in the Modern Era
POL 421 International Law

Elective courses must come from three different disciplines.

Active Learning Opportunities

Quincy's Pre-Law internship program provides opportunities to build legal experience that will set you apart from undergraduates at other schools. Pre-Law students have interned at the State's Attorney Office, Public Defender's Office, and private firms. Under the supervision of practicing attorneys, interns attend court, conduct research, and charge cases. Those activities will create an eye-catching résumé and expand your professional network.

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