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Pre-Law Program


The pre-law program at the University of the Incarnate Word is designed to introduce students to the study of law, to encourage student engagement with the legal profession, and to prepare students for the law school admission process.

Students from any major may consider applying to law school upon graduation. The Department of Government and International Affairs offers a series of public law courses to assist students considering law as a career. For students majoring or minoring in government, these courses can be taken to count for the American Government concentration; for students in other majors, these courses can be taken as a Pre-Law Concentration. The Pre-Law Concentration provides a basic government and law background for those students who hope to go on to law school but are not majoring in government.

In addition to the courses for credit, the pre-law program hosts events and activities related to the practice of law, such as moot court competition, Constitution Day, the student pre-law society, participation in law school admission fairs and conferences, and presentations by members of the legal community.

Pre-Law Advisor

Dr. Gary A. Keith, Assistant Professor. Dr. Keith holds his bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his master's degree and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. His teaching and research interests center on Public Law, Texas Politics, Parties and Elections, Legislative Politics, and Environmental Policy.

Degree Requirements for a Pre-Law Concentration (24 hours)

15 hours required:
GOVT 1315 American Politics
GOVT 2392 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3312 Logic
ENGL upper level Rhetoric course

3 hours from the following list:
GOVT 1391 Human Rights
GOVT 2342 Law and Social Justice in Movies and Novels
GOVT 2375 International Organizations
GOVT 4315 Constitutional Law I
GOVT 4316 Constitutional Law II
GOVT 4330 International Law

6 hours from the following list:
BLAW 3317 Business Law
BLAW 4320 International Business Law
BLAW 4340 Labor and Employment Law
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL upper level Literature course
PHIL 3332 Ethics
PHIL 3385 Justice
SPCH 1311 Public Speaking


Dr. Gary A. Keith
Department of Government and International Affairs
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 124
San Antonio, TX 78209

Office: (210) 832-2183
Fax: (210) 829-3880


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