Positively Shaping Society

Regis College’s pre-law minor offers a balance of courses, student-run events, mentors, internships, guest speakers, and advising for students pursuing one of several vocations related to the practice of law.
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Minor in Pre-Law

Degree Overview

So you want to study and practice law? Welcome to what promises to be a great Regis opportunity. The pre-law track is an interdisciplinary minor, which offers courses, student run activities, mentors in the field and law-related advising.

The pre-law minor speaks to a wide diversity of law-related vocations, such as civil rights advocacy, politics and legislative work, social services, environmental work, family counseling, human rights work, just and sustainable development, paralegal services, conflict transformation, and restorative justice.

Learning Objectives

The pre-law minor strives to meet a wide range of objectives to prepare students for the LSAT and law school. These objectives include:
  • Law as a vocation that can positively shape state-societal norms and create healthy public discourse
  • Substantive knowledge of different fields of law- criminal, civil, constitutional, business, human rights, international, restorative justice, alternative dispute resolution, and conflict transformation
  • Diverse legal theories and philosophies of law
  • Jesuit arguments for state-societal and global needs based on constitutional frameworks, domestic and international laws, advocacy, restorative justice, and just representation of all social sectors
  • Eloquentia perfecta textual and evidentiary analysis, rhetoric persuasion, critical thinking, logical argumentation, task management, and keen reading, writing and listening capabilities
  • Contextualization of law within students’ service learning, study abroad, and inter-cultural immersions
  • Strategies for competitive applications to tier one, top tier two, top regional, and leading Jesuit law schools (Georgetown, Boston College, Fordham, Santa Clara, Northeastern, Loyola, Seattle, San Francisco, Gonzaga, and Creighton)

Why study pre-law on a small liberal arts campus?

Regis offers individualized advising unlike most other universities. You will learn to critically evaluate law practices through a moral lense, grounded in the Jesuit tradition.

In addition to classroom experiences, you will encounter our strong student-led law group – Res Judicata – which invites speakers, sets up mentors, and works as a study team in preparation for the LSAT. Our relationship with Denver University provides clinical experience on various environmental law projects throughout the Denver metro area. This experience offers an opportunity to create professional relationships while working with current graduate law students and practicing lawyers.

Requirements

  • PJ 200 – Peace and Justice in Theory and Practice
  • PL425/CR 456 – Philosophy of Law
  • POL 400 – United States Constitutional Law
  • POL 404 – International and Human Rights Law
  • Choice of BA 481A – Business Law I; CR/SO 450 – Criminology; or POL 403 – Court and Judicial Process
  • PL 460 – Critical Thinking
  • POL 497 – Vocation of Law Capstone
  • POL 498E-W – Law-related internship
  • ** New RCC*200 and POL*281 C new this fall for incoming first years

Success & Outcomes

Law School Expectations

Law School Interests

Law schools are looking for well-grounded liberal arts students with:

  • A professional and moral compass
  • Substantive knowledge of historical and current issues
  • A range of law-related skills

A Sufficient Approach

A sufficient approach to law school requires courses and advising on:

  • The inter-disciplinary nature of law
  • Critical, textual, and evidentiary thinking, reading, writing and speaking
  • Constructive public discourse on contentious issues
  • Strategic applications, school selection, LSAT/GRE preparation and avoidance of grad school’s “sticker price”

A Substantial Approach

A substantial minor of 21-24 credits requires five substantive courses (15 credits), a skill based course (3 credits), an inter-disciplinary law capstone (3 credits), a law-related internship for students not already completing one for their major (0-3 credits), and recommended emphases within students’ respective majors and the college core curriculum. This minor complements Res Judicata, which creates discourse on current issues of law and assists with LSAT/GRE preparation.

Res Judicata

Res Judicata, the Regis University pre-law club, is a place for all students interested in the legal professions to network, prepare, and dialog in order to further their own personal and professional goals and impact the world. In pursuit of this mission the organization conducts regular meetings, speakers, LSAT prep tests and other activities. Learn more by visiting the Res Judicata page.

Beyond the Classroom

Global Innovation Forum

Interact with the leading international nonprofits in Colorado in a discussion of moving efforts in international education and development "from charity to sustainability." The forum, which was held at Regis University and organized by Regis University pre-law students in conjuction with Enginners Without boards, discusses sustainability, just development, and empowerment in international studies and projects. Learn more by visiting the Engineers Without Boarders GIF website.

World Affairs Challenge

Join our students in coordinating the World Affairs Challenge (WAC), which annually brings together middle and high school teams of outstanding social studies students and their teachers, parents and community leaders to present projects on just and sustainable development, peace and international relations. Learn more about the WAC by visiting ctir.org.

How to Apply

Take the next step to receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting our admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists, and applying college credit (AP, IB) to your degree.

Apply Now by completing your online application free of cost.