Considering a career in law? Or want to understand how the law impacts other fields such as business?
Florida Southern’s pre-law minor gives you a solid foundation and practical experience in the law and our legal system making this program ideal preparation for law school and nearly any career path.
The core of our program is The Law and The Courts, an integrated course that combines in-depth study of the legal system with engagement with lawyers, judges, court officials, and legislators.
Through courses in everything from financial accounting to public speaking, you’ll develop the analytic and communication skills every lawyer needs. Beyond the classroom, however, you’ll gain real-world experience of the law firsthand through an internship with a firm. You’ll also complete courses in logic that prepare you for the all-important LSAT.
A variety of area firms and the Polk County Public Defender’s Office regularly hire FSC students as interns. These include:
Our students also intern with local judges, research firms, and insurance companies that require legal research.
FSC sponsors chapters of both Pi Alpha Delta and Pi Sigma Alpha, honorary societies for law and political science, respectively.
Tina Cota-Robles is a political science student at FSC interning at the Washington Center. What's Tina up to? Follow her bi-weekly blog to find out.
Gage Nicholas is an intern for Representative Dennis Ross (R-Lakeland) in D.C. Follow Gage's lively reflections on life in the Capitol on his blog.
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FSC has an ongoing relationship with the Public Defender’s Office for summer internships as well, and many students who intern at local law firms during the semester continue at these forms as employees during the summer months.
Our series of speakers in the "Law and The Courts" course brings students together with members of the legal community to discuss the impact of our legal system within the larger arena of American policy and politics.
To ensure our pre-law program prepares you most effectively, we created an outside advisory board of practicing attorneys.
When it comes time to take the LSAT, we offer a preparation course and practice tests at a very affordable cost that can be scheduled without interfering with your regular classes.
While law school is the most common aim, FSC’s Pre-Law program gives you the skills to pursue in a wide range of career paths, such as public administration, graduate school in political science and international relations, paralegal training, and business.
To complete the interdisciplinary pre-law minor, students must complete:
ACC 2111 FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
Four hours. To understand accounting for corporations. Gen Ed: Qn
For a complete list of ACC courses, see Accounting »
PHI 2208 LOGIC
Four hours. Logic is the study of methods of correct reasoning. As such it can be approached both from “formal” and “informal” perspectives, both of which feature in the course. Informal logic involves critical thinking techniques that are practically useful in everyday argument and debate. Formal logic, also known as symbolic logic, involves mathematical models that reveal the underlying structure of reasoning and are applicable for various purposes, including most notably computer programming. The course emphasizes how both approaches are useful for solving real-world problems from various fields.
Gen Ed: Qn
For a complete list of PHI courses, see Philosophy »
POS 2500 LAW AND THE COURTS Four hours. This course is a systematic description and analysis of the role, structure, and behavior of the American legal system, with an eye to the interests and concerns of pre- law students. The course reviews and integrates the topics of the law and legal system into the US, discusses procedures and patterns of behavior within that system, and examines the impact of our legal system within the larger arena of American policy and politics. Some previous coursework in political science is desirable, but not required.
For a complete list of POS courses, see Political Science »
SPC 1500 FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH
Four hours. Theory and practice of public address; preparation and delivery of short speeches; development of critical thinking and listening. Gen Ed: EC-B
SPC 1600 FORENSIC PRACTICUM I
Two hours. Prerequisite: SPC 1500 or permission of the instructor. Directed participation in forensic activities including dramatic interpretation, public address, extemporaneous speaking, and debate. Participation in forensic tournaments off-campus constitutes a major element of the course. Two contact hours per week with instructor or coaching staff for research / rehearsal. Gen Ed: EC-B
SPC 1601 FORENSIC PRACTICUM II
Two hours. Prerequisite: SPC 1600. Directed participation in forensic activities including dramatic interpretation, public address, extemporaneous speaking, and debate. Participation in forensic tournaments off-campus constitutes a major element of the course. Two contact hours per week with instructor or coaching staff for research / rehearsal. Gen Ed: EC-B
For a complete list of SPC courses, see Interpersonal & Organizational Communication »
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