Pre-Law Certificate

CERTIFICATE IN PRE-LAW SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL VALUES

The Certificate in Pre-Law Skills and Professional Values provides undergraduate students with foundational knowledge about the legal profession and its core values and helps them develop the academic skills and work ethic needed to be competitive in law school and the legal profession.

For instructions on how to apply and declare the certificate, please click here.

For instructions on how to be awarded the certificate, please click here.


Recommended Prerequisites

Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete the following two courses prior to enrolling in the certificate program.

POS 2041— American Government
SPC 2608—Public Speaking


Required Credits (21 credits)

All certificate courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Requests to apply transfer credit must be made in writing and approved by the certificate director.


Core Courses (6 credits)

  1. POS 3652—Law and the Legal Profession
  2. Students can choose one of the following:
    CJL 3512—The Courts
    POS 3282—The Judicial Process


Skills Courses (15 credits)

  1. Analytical Skills (3 credits)students can choose one of the following:
    PHI 2100 —Introduction to Logic
    PHI 2103 —Critical Thinking
    PHI 4130 —Symbolic Logic
  2. Writing Skills (6 credits)students can choose two of the following:
    ENC 3311 —Advanced Writing and Research
    ENC 3354 —Writing as Social Action
    ENC 3371 —Rhetorical Theory and Practice
    ENC 4331 —Writing, Rhetoric and Community
    ENC 4930 —Special Topics and Composition: Legal Writing (Must be the Legal Writing Course)
    POS 4784 —Analytic Writing in Political Science
  3. Verbal Skills (3 credits)students can choose one of the following:
    COM 4462 —Conflict Management
    SPC 3230 —Rhetorical Communication: A Theory of Civil Discourse
    SPC 3513 —Argumentation and Debate
    SPC 3602 —Advanced Public Speaking
    SPC 3540 —Persuasion
  4. Legal Skills (3 credits)—students can choose one of the following:
    CJL 4064 —Criminal Justice and the Constitution
    POS 3603 —Constitutional Law: Powers*
    POS 3604 —Constitutional Law: Limitations*

    Note: Legal Skills courses may not be completed online and must be taken in a traditional classroom environment.

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TO APPLY FOR THE CERTIFICATE:

Please follow the instructions below very carefully to APPLY for the Pre-Law Skills and Professional Values Certificate:

  • You must have completed 60 credits at any college/university prior to applying for this certificate. You may take or have taken courses towards the certificate before then, but wait until you have completed 60 credits to apply for the certificate.
  • You must be a degree-seeking student at FIU.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement.
  • The certificate is FREE; please ignore the $30 charge mentioned on the application.

1. Print out the application for the certificate at:

http:/onestop.fiu.edu_assets/docs/registrar/Certificate_Program_Application.pdf.

2. Complete the first page of the application.

3. If you are a Florida resident, complete Section I on page 3 of the application.

4. Sign and date the bottom of page 3 of the application.

5. Drop off the completed application to the secretary or a pre-law advisor at SIPA 410.

6. Check your unofficial transcript 4 weeks later to make sure that it states “Pre-Law Skills and Professional Values Certificate.”

7. If your unofficial transcripts do not say that, email the secretary or a pre-law advisor to let them know.

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TO BE AWARDED THE CERTIFICATE:

Please follow the instructions below very carefully to be AWARDED the certificate:

This certificate will not be awarded automatically. You must follow the instructions below very carefully to be AWARDED the certificate:

1. After you have applied for graduation, drop off a copy of your unofficial transcripts at SIPA 410, highlighting the certificate courses you successfully completed. (You must have earned a C or better in those courses.)

2. Note on those unofficial transcripts that you have indeed applied for graduation and the date you applied.

3. Please check your transcripts to ensure that you are “awarded” the Pre-Law Skills and Professional Value Certificate about 4-6 weeks after your graduation. If not, please contact a pre-law advisor or secretary in SIPA 410.

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