Curious about a career in the courtroom? UMW pre-law grads go on to earn juris doctor degrees from top schools. A liberal arts and sciences curriculum in the UMW Department of Philosophy fosters the critical thinking and communication skills you’ll need. We offer challenging coursework in logic, ethics, and the legal system; mock trial and debate teams; law-firm internships; and services like LSAT study sessions, pre-law advising, and law school recommendations.
Areas of Study
Many students in UMW’s pre-law program choose to major in philosophy, but even if you decide to pair your pre-law studies with another of our majors – political science or psychology, for example – you’ll still study the philosophy of ancient Greece, the early modern era, law, ethics, logic, and more.
In addition, UMW offers the “3+3 Accelerated Program” with George Mason University. It allows highly motivated students a fast track to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six, rather than seven, years of study.
The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion offers opportunities to complete research, present at conferences, and make valuable contacts for the professional world.
To graduate with honors in philosophy, you must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average in the major. You’ll complete a research project and write and defend a senior thesis. If you choose another major to combine with pre-law, you may pursue honors in that program.
The pre-law concentration requires 33 credits, made up mostly of courses in philosophy – including the philosophy of law, ancient and modern philosophy, ethics, and non-Western philosophy – as well as logic.
The pre-law concentration requires 33 credits, made up mostly of courses in philosophy and also requiring Latin, logic, and philosophy of law.
The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion offers several scholarships and awards.