Academics

Pre-Law, Criminal Law and Social Justice

Because legal questions arise from many aspects of life and concern all segments of our society, future law, criminal law and social justice students should acquire a sound liberal arts education.

The qualities that contribute to success in law school and the practice of law or law enforcement include high-level reading comprehension; an ability to identify logical patterns and organize ideas; proficiency in writing; persuasiveness in speaking; ingenuity; insight into the legal, political and social history of the nation; interpersonal skills and integrity.

Program Overview

The program will help you understand the legal institutions and issues faced by America’s legal, correctional and justice professionals. It is flexible and interdisciplinary, combining courses in political science, sociology, philosophy, psychology and social work.

Although law schools do not require specific majors for admission, this pre-professional major is designed for students particularly interested in careers in the law, law enforcement, corrections or social justice professions.

General Course Overview

Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced by talented faculty who also are engaged in the studies of history, law, justice and society.

Our full-time faculty members in the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy hold terminal degrees in their fields or are working toward one, and have numerous years of teaching experiences.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

As home to more than 30 Fortune 500 companies, Chicago and its suburbs offer nearly limitless internship possibilities in municipalities, corporations, health care, not-for-profit organizations and industry.

If you wish to broaden your experiences, then you can study in Washington, D.C. through the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS). Participating in this small, personalized program allows you to live, study and intern (for credit) in Washington, D.C. 

You may also consider enrolling in our study abroad program, in which we partner with universities around the world to offer unique experiences. For more information,talk with your academic advisor.