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Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 355
Phone: 785-628-4425
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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Pre-Law Concentration

The Legal Studies/Pre-Law concentration is for those interested in pursuing a career in law. We offer:

A Challenging Academic Program: We prepare you for the rigors of law school through lectures, seminars, mock trials, simulations and guest lecturers that provide a solid foundation of the legal system and issues.

Excellent LSAT Preparation: Many of our students report that their performance on the LSAT was improved as a result of the LSAT Preparation course. This course gives students opportunities to practice questions and analyze their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for that law school entrance exam.

A Proven Training Ground for Law School: Our curriculum will help prepare you for the challenges of a law school curriculum. Courses like Introduction to Law will provide you with a basic legal vocabulary and knowledge base that provides a solid foundation for your first year of law school. Other courses like Constitutional Law and American Civil Liberties prepare you for the required constitutional law courses you’ll encounter in law school. Plus, because of our emphasis on academic rigor, you’ll already know the basics of legal research and writing before they ever walk onto the law school campus.

Whether you want to study and practice in Kansas or elsewhere, we can help you gain access to some of the top law schools in the country (or abroad). Many of our students have won full-ride scholarships and gone on to successful careers in the field of law.

Program Summary

55 hours of General Education
34 hours of Program hours (22 core courses, 12 hours in subfields)
10 hours of Modern Language
23 hours upper division electives (300 level or higher)
2 hours of free electives
124 hours total credit hours for the degree 

Departmental Core Curriculum

  • POLS 100 Orientation to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 180 Introduction to Public Policy (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHIL 201 Political Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 230 Introduction to International Relations (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 455 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 689 Internship in Political Science (1 Credit Hour)
  • POLS 490 Senior Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

Concentration in Pre-Law


  • POLS 320 Introduction to Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • Choose an additional 6 hours from:
    Please note: Students in the virtual program may ONLY take those courses noted with *.

  • POLS 422 Legal Advocacy (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 425 Legal Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • *POLS 620 Constitutional Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • *POLS 621 American Civil Liberties (3 Credit Hours)
  • *Or other approved courses. (3+ Credit Hours)
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