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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Law & Ethics Track

The Department of Philosophy at UC has joined together with the Pre-Professional Advising Center to counsel interested Pre-Law students toward majoring in Philosophy on the Law & Ethics Track. Law & Ethics encompasses the philosophical study of ethics, politics, the law, epistemology, and logic. The program is designed primarily for Pre-Law students, but any student may pursue it.

UCs Department of Philosophy has a tradition of offering a strong and broad curriculum in ethics, law, the nature of knowledge, and logic and its history. Faculty are experts in ethical theory, moral psychology, philosophy of law, naturalized epistemology, and logic. Moreover, the department offers a broad background in the history of philosophy and philosophy of the life and cognitive sciences --UC has designated the Philosophy of Science program a "USO Center of Excellence." There is, without a doubt, no better place to prepare for law school than right here at UC --by majoring in philosophy on the law & ethics track.

Program Requirements (Quarters)

An important feature of the major in philosophy is that it encourages students to study the philosophical topics they most enjoy. As such, we take an á la carte approach to the program of study:

  • PHIL 104, 105, 106 (a year long intro to philosophy);
  • PHIL 123 (or 341) (a course in symbolic logic);
  • 10 courses at the 300-level or above, including one advanced, capstone course at the 500-level.
  • Four more electives in philosophy.
  • The law and ethics track in the major carves out specific courses pre-med students should take as their 10 course core:

  • PHIL 305: Epistemology
  • PHIL 306: Metaethics
  • PHIL 322: Ethics
  • PHIL 323: Social & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 341: Symbolic Logic I
  • PHIL 342: Symbolic Logic II
  • PHIL 345: Issues of the Information Age
  • PHIL 372: Philosophy of Law: Justice
  • PHIL 374: Philosophy of Law: Freedom
  • PHIL 5XX: Law & Ethics Capstone

Majors must also satisfy all A&S and UC requirements for minimum total of 180 credits. The philosophy major is 54 credits.

Download a program checklist.

Program Requirements (Semesters, beginning Autumn 2012)

An important feature of the major in philosophy is that it encourages students to study the philosophical topics they most enjoy. As such, we take an á la carte approach to the program of study:

  • Complete two Introduction to Philosophy Courses: PHIL 1000 - PHIL 1004
    (a year long introduction to philosophy);
  • Complete PHIL 2010 (Symbolic Logic)
  • Complete two Philosophy electives
  • Complete PHIL 3005, PHIL 3020, and PHIL 3021
  • Complete three additional upper division Philosophy courses (PHIL 3000 level and higher, excluding PHIL 5099)
  • Complete the Philosophy capstone: PHIL 5099

Majors must also satisfy all A&S and UC requirements for minimum total of 120 semester hours. The philosophy major is 36 semester hours.

Download a program checklist.

 

Why Philosophy/Law & Ethics?

If you're interested in preparing to enter law school upon graduation, then you're interested in what's generally called "Pre-Law." Now, there is no particular "pre-law" major, so you're free to choose. But in choosing a major, you should think hard about what you enjoy, what you're good at, what you really want to get out of your undergraduate experience, and what will best prepare you for continuing to law school. Law school admissions committees expect variety in educational programs; they want students who are well-rounded, who can think analytically and have excellent writing and communication skills.

Philosophy majors are among the best prepared of any pre-professional student. For instance, philosophers score among the highest on pre-admissions exams such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT. Philosophers think analytically and creatively --this is the essence of the discipline. It's also the business of law. Law school tests your ability to take in, organize, analyze, and connect huge amounts of information. Let the law and ethics track in the philosophy major be your foundation.

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