FAQs-Jurisprudence, Law & Society and Pre-Law Studies

  1. Please explain the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major.
    Jurisprudence, Law & Society is an educational gateway to a career in law that is favored by many law schools. Graduates of the major have a liberal arts degree embedded with analytics research and writing tools. In addition to a career in law, a wide variety of career options are available.
  2. Please explain the Pre-Law minor.
    The Pre-Law minor enhances the value of all majors by adding reasoning, researching and writing skills in a program in which courses often overlap with general education requirements.
  3. Are there special admissions requirements for the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major?
    For entry into Jurisprudence, Law & Society major, students must meet one of the following criteria: top 20% of high school class or comparable GPA/SAT criteria; overall minimum GPA of 3.0 at the completion of at least 24 credits at MSU or transfer institution, or overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first three courses in the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major.
  4. How will the Jurisprudence, Law & Society, major help me if I want to go to law school?
    Knowledge and skills acquired in the major prepare students for law school and for careers in law in addition to those available with a law degree. Students in the year-long capstone Senior Research and Writing Seminar produce an interdisciplinary scholarly work, often of publishable quality, that is proof of their mastery of the major’s intellectual disciplines. Graduate schools, law schools and employers are impressed with such an achievement. Students can also take advantage of our 90-hour three credit Internship to get an inside look at the practice and profession of law. Students are placed with judges, law firms, corporations or government agencies, gaining invaluable first-hand experience in preparing for law school and beyond.
  5. When are required core courses offered to complete the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major?
    Introductory law courses and legal research are offered both fall and spring semesters. Advanced core courses in the Jurisprudence major are offered annually. JURI300, Essentials of Jurisprudence, is offered in the spring semester. JURI324, Legal Reasoning, is offered in the fall Semester. JURI495, Senior Seminar I, is offered in the fall semester and JURI496, Senior Seminar II, is offered in the spring semester. The major can be completed by both day and evening students. A number of elective courses in the major are offered every semester and also generally during winter or summer sessions.
  6. What is the difference between a taking a Jurisprudence, Law & Society major and a Pre-Law minor?
    The Jurisprudence, Law & Society major provides a full interdisciplinary approach to law and an examination of societal forces that generate statutes, case law and regulations. This includes the year-long interdisciplinary Senior Seminar capstone experience. The Pre-Law minor provides a more general and brief experience, which includes many general education courses. The Internship is open to students in both the major and the minor.
  7. Can I take both a Jurisprudence, Law & Society major and a Pre-Law minor?
    No, students are only allowed to take one, either Jurisprudence, Law & society or Pre-Law.
  8. How will the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major help me if I do not go to law school?
    The Jurisprudence, Law & Society major develops your abilities to think critically, reason analytically, articulate effective positions, conduct scholarly research and write with clarity and precision. The Senior Seminar also teaches the interdisciplinary research process, which enhances preparedness for any workplace environment.
  9. Do you suggest taking a double major or a minor with Jurisprudence, Law & Society?
    It is suggested that a student add a second major or minor in addition to the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major because of the need to work in law and one or more additional disciplines for the Senior Seminar. The Political Science major is the most frequent major for Pre-Law students because of the relationship between government and law. The Political Science major is 33 credits and the Jurisprudence, Law & Society major is 33 credits. Because of the overlaps between the two majors, a student can complete both majors in 54-57 credits; have left over credits for free electives and still graduate in four years. Students with a 3.0 GPA may also wish to consider our five-year B.A./M.A. program, which is open to students in both the Political Science and the Jurisprudence, Law & Society majors.