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. 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:

To complete the Law & Ethics track, simply declare a Philosophy major and then be sure to choose at least three courses from the list below when selecting your six Upper-Level Philosophy courses. Consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies if you would like to discuss special course substitutions or need advice on how to select courses that fit your interests and career goals. Students on the Law & Ethics track must complete all the normal requirements of the Philosophy major.

  • PHIL 3002: Metaethics
  • PHIL 3005: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3020: Normative Ethics
  • PHIL 3021:¬†Social & Political Phil¬†

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.