The Philosophy Prelaw Program is designed for those students interested in philosophy or a general arts education and in pursuing a legal career.
It is generally acknowledged that a major in philosophy provides an appropriate basis for the study of law. The recommendations of the American Bar Association are taken into account in advising students in a course of study.
The Philosophy Prelaw Program includes 30 hours of philosophy, a three-course business sequence, and a variety of other courses selected in consultation with the Director of the Program. For further information about preparing for law school, consult St. Bonaventure's Center for Law and Society.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Prelaw
The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy prelaw. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all philosophy courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study.
* The Senior Research Seminar is taken in the fall semester of the student's senior year.
** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.
*** PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology, SOC 101. Introductory Sociology,
POLS 102. American Politics, and POLS 420. Constitutional Law I. Civil Rights are recommended.
† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Philosophy prelaw majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.
Philosophy Double Majors Program
The Department offers special advisement to students wishing to pursue the study of philosophy as a second or double major in conjunction with their primary field of study.
Requirements for a Minor in the Philosophy of Law
For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in the philosophy of law. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all philosophy courses.
To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.