Political Science, Pre-Law Preparation Concentration, B.S./B.A.

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Political Science, Pre-Law Preparation Concentration , B.S./B.A.

The Political Science Pre-Law concentration explores the political process as well as the American legal system. Cultivate skills in analytical thinking, research, writing, and communication while earning a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Pre-Law majors and minors benefit from the counsel of knowledgeable faculty who help them prepare for the challenges of law school and law-related fields of employment.

MTSU's proximity to the state capital provides unique opportunities for hands-on training and career placement, including paid internships with law firms and with Tennessee's Legislature. Our program has a proven history of preparing students for law school and careers in public policy through a curriculum that enriches students' understanding of not just the law, but also policymaking, politics, and social change.

Pre-Law students experience classroom learning as well as hands-on opportunities through internships, clubs, and intercollegiate academic teams. Department-supported organizations include Mock Trial, Mediation, and the Legal Studies Society. The department also offers free LSAT preparation workshops for students and sponsors speakers on political and legal topics.

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State your case with competition teams

State your case with competition teams

MTSU students get experience in courtroom cases, appellate Supreme Court arguments, or mediation of disputes through national and regional competition with award-winning Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Mock Mediation teams. The Mock Trial team regularly places in the nation's top 10.

Get first-hand experience in the law

Get first-hand experience in the law

To gain a realistic idea of what lawyers do, Pre-Law majors work with individual law firms for a semester their senior year. Students get credit in the internship program run in cooperation with the Bar Association of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

News Briefs

State your case with competition teams

MTSU students get experience in courtroom cases, appellate Supreme Court arguments, or mediation of disputes through national and regional competition with award-winning Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Mock Mediation teams. The Mock Trial team regularly places in the nation's top 10.

Get first-hand experience in the law

To gain a realistic idea of what lawyers do, Pre-Law majors work with individual law firms for a semester their senior year. Students get credit in the internship program run in cooperation with the Bar Association of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

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The law profession includes lawyers, judges, clerks, and legal research assistants. 

MTSU's Pre-Law program has placed students in law schools at such institutions as: 

  • Baylor University School of Law 
  • Belmont University College of Law  
  • Berkeley Law at the University of California-Berkeley 
  • Boston University School of Law 
  • Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall School of Law 
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University 
  • Duke University School of Law 
  • Emory University School of Law 
  • Nashville School of Law 
  • Tulane Law School 
  • University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 
  • University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law 
  • University of Memphis: Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 
  • University of Tennessee College of Law 
  • Vanderbilt Law School 
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School 
  • William & Mary Law School 

MTSU Pre-Law graduates are employed as attorneys, attorneys general, judge advocates, paralegals, and more. The firms and offices that employ these alumni include:   

  • Bass, Berry and Sims, PLC 
  • Broward County State Attorney’s Office (in Fort Lauderdale, FL) 
  • Holland & Knight, LLP
  • LaPointe & Bulter, PC 
  • Mekis and Palombo 
  • Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP (in Knoxville, TN) 
  • ProBar (paralegal) 
  • Sobel, Poss & Moore 
  • Tennessee Attorney General's Office (Assistant Attorney General) 
  • Tennessee Center for Policy Research (director and general counsel) 
  • Tennessee Department of Treasury 
  • Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference 
  • Town of Smyrna, Tennessee (Town Attorney) 
  • U.S. Army (Judge Advocate) 
  • U.S. Congress (Congressional Staffer)
  • Wilson & Haynes Law Firm 

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