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General Studies - Pre-legal

Students interested in attending law school will find that there is no single path to prepare them for a legal education. One track that students can pursue at Trine University is the Bachelor of arts in general studies with a concentration in pre-legal studies.

This track allows you to build a broad-based education. It teaches you to think critically, communicate effectively, and pull together knowledge from many disciplines – skills you'll need to be successful in any career. It demonstrates to employers and peers alike that you have the self-discipline and intelligence to work through a university-level program in a variety of subject areas. It can be the most personally rewarding major available, precisely because it is so broad, and it embodies the central philosophy of a liberal arts education that learning to think critically and to read and write well should help anyone in any career.

Law schools value a diverse student body and intentionally select students from a wide variety of undergraduate majors; nevertheless, certain areas of study prove excellent preparation for the pre-law candidate. The American Bar Association's section on legal education recommends courses that teach the following core skills and values: analytic/problem-solving skills, critical reading, writing skills, oral communication, listening abilities, general research skills, task organization, management skills, and public service and the promotion of justice. Trine's Pre-Legal Studies concentration is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop these skills and values.

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the Allen School of Engineering and Computing and the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Trine's English Composition I, Calculus I, and Chemistry I with a "C" or higher.
  • Admission into the Franks School of Education requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Admission into the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences and the Ketner School of Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

General Education

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Social Science & Humanities
  • Mathematics & Science

Program Requirements

Pre-Legal Studies Concentration

  • Business Communication
  • Persuasion and Argumentation
  • American Literature I
  • State and Local Government
  • American Constitutional Development
  • Juvenile Justice, Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice, Criminal Procedures and Evidence
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Political Psychology
  • Principles of Sociology
  • The Family
  • Electives from LE, ENG, PSY, or COM
  • Legal Capstone Experience


  • Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.


The General Studies major with a pre-legal concentration will provide students with:

  • preparation for law school admission and a sound foundation for legal studies.
  • a breadth and depth of the knowledge of social sciences.
  • understanding the ethical behavior patterns demanded in professional conduct
  • skills necessary for good citizenship.

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Trine University

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Trine University

1 University Ave
IN 46703 Angola Indiana
United States of America

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