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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [Archived Catalog]

Philosophy—Prelaw Major (B.A.)

Major code BA5244

College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department
Ellis Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4588
Fax: 740.593.4597

Al Lent, contact person

Program Overview

The prelaw major in philosophy is for students whose major interest in philosophy is using it to help understand the logic and ethical assumptions behind the law. While providing a basic education in philosophy, the prelaw track allows a focus on the philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and moral theory. Students with this sort of background are especially well suited for law school and the practice of law.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Excellent preparation for law school.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Philosophy Prelaw Major Requirements

Complete 33 hours of PHIL coursework, as distributed in the seven components listed below.

Component 1: Fundamentals

Complete one of the following courses:

Component 2: History of Philosophy

Complete one of the following courses:

Component 3: Logic

Complete the following course:

Component 4: Political Theory

Complete the following course:

Component 5: Upper Division Courses

Complete one of the following courses, plus at least two additional PHIL courses at the 4000 level, not including PHIL 4901 and PHIL 4970.

Component 6: Electives

Complete 6 hours of PHIL courses with at least 3 hours in courses at the 4000 level, not including PHIL 4901 and PHIL 4970.

Component 7: Senior Seminar

Complete the following course:

Preparation for Law

If you plan to enter law school after earning an undergraduate degree, it is prudent to choose a major that reflects your true academic interest. Majors in history, philosophy, political science, and sociology and anthropology are often considered excellent academic preparation for law school. See the respective department listing s in the catalog for specific information about major requirements. Additional prelaw information is available at: www.cas.ohiou.edu/undergrad/cat/PreLaw.asp.

You may also want to select courses from English composition and literature, American literature, history (English and American), political science, economics, sociology, a laboratory science, mathematics, philosophy (include ethics and logic), accounting, psychology, and a foreign language. Courses in speech, and training in expression, as well as activities that develop the capacity for independent thought and action, are recommended.

For students interested in environmental law the Department of Geography  offers a prelaw major grounded in sciences preparation.. See Geography—Environmental Prelaw  for information. The Department of Philosophy  offers an opportunity to prepare for the study of law through a program emphasizing logic and the analysis of social, political, and legal thought. See Philosophy—Prelaw Major . The Prelaw program in the Department of Political Science  centers on the Law, Justice, and Political Thought. See  Political Science—Prelaw Major .

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that to enter law school you must be able to show possession of an undergraduate degree from an approved college if you wish to take the Ohio Bar Examination. Law schools in the State of Ohio require the degree of all entering students, regardless of the state in which they plan to take the bar examination.