Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.
Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Provided you meet program prerequisites, you are encouraged to major in any B.A. or B.S. degree of interest.
Once you have completed a Bachelor’s degree you will move on to a graduate program in law to receive a Juris Doctorate.
Where can I go for help?
Pre-Law Faculty Advisors
206-546-5871 firstname.lastname@example.org Rm 1408
206-546-4589 email@example.com Rm 5343
General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229
9000 Building, Rm. 9302
Law Information Websites
Law School Admission Council: www.lsac.org
Pre-Law Student Services www.ilrg.com/pre-law.html
American Bar Association www.abanet.org
Council on Legal Education Opportunity www.cleoscholars.com
Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?
Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)
What courses should I take?
This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.
General Education Requirements - 20 Credits
Communication (10 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following classes:
MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended: MATH& 146 .
* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits
Humanities (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST& 210 , CMST& 220 , ENGL& 230 , ENGL 276 , PHIL 102 , PHIL& 115 , PHIL 240H , PHIL 248 , World Language if required for university admission or graduation.
Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended: MATH& 146 or PHIL& 120 if not used for Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning.
General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits
Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) .
Recommended courses for Law Specializations:
Business, Corporate or Tax Law: ACCT& 201 , ACCT& 202 , ACCT& 203 , ECON& 201 , ECON& 202 , BUS& 201 , MATH 111 , MATH& 148 , MATH 211 .
Civil Rights Law: AES 119 , GWS 284 , GWS 285 , GWS 286 , GWS 288 , HIST& 136 , HIST& 137 , HIST& 215 , HIST 246 , HIST 247 , MCS 105 , SOC 288 .
Criminal Law: CJ& 101 , CJ& 106 , CJ& 110 , CJ 120 , CJ 238 , CJ 241 , SOC 112 , SOC& 201 .
Family and Juvenile Law: CJ& 106 , GWS 285 , PSYC& 100 , PSYC& 200 , PSYC 208 , PSYC 210 , PSYC& 220 , PSYC 245 , SOC& 101 , SOC 112 , SOC& 201 , SOC 250 .
Environmental Law: ENVS& 101 , GEOG 203 , GEOG 204 , GEOL& 101 , HIST 218 , OCEA& 101 .
International Law: CMST 285 , ECON& 201 , ECON& 202 , HIST& 215 , HIST 218 , HIST 245 , INTST 101 , INTST 200 , INTST 201 , INTST 205 , MCS 210 , POLS& 203 , POLS 221 .
What is Pre-Law?
Preparation for law school requires development of strong research, communication and analytical skills. Students are encouraged to explore the various specializations in law and choose a bachelor’s degree based on their area of interest. Some of the most popular majors include: Business, Communication Studies, Economics, English, History, International Studies, Law and Justice, Multicultural Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Any bachelor’s degree, including degrees in physical sciences, can be good preparation for law school.
Contemporary issues in Law: Business/Corporate Law, Civil Rights Law, Criminal Law, Commercial and Real Estate Law, Environmental Law, Estate Planning, Family and Juvenile Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law.
What can I do with a Juris Doctorate degree in Law?
The practice of law requires strong reading, writing, speaking and negotiation skills. Lawyers must analyze problems, gather evidence, research the law, interpret the law, synthesize information, present arguments, write legal briefs, and give legal counsel. These skills can transfer to multiple career opportunities.
Potential employers include: Law firms, private practice, federal, state and local governments, court systems, colleges and universities, public advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, foreign service, businesses and corporations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
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