Pre-Professional Programs

Basic pre-professional courses leading to graduate study or to entrance into professional schools are offered in a number of fields including law, medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, nursing, social work and veterinary science. Pre-professional faculty advisors work closely with students to explore opportunities in professional schools and to select courses that will help students reach their goals.

Students should plan to use the liberal arts as the foundation for more specialized study at another institution, and are advised to consult an advisor in their special field of interest for a suggested outline of required subjects in their academic program as soon as possible.

Students should also consult the catalog of the institution where they intend to continue their studies. Requirements are fairly uniform within a given field but do vary somewhat among professional and graduate schools.

Pre-Health Professional Program

Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, nursing and veterinary science are encouraged to obtain the bachelor's degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. However, health profession graduate programs do not require the biology major. Students with an interest in optometry, pharmacy, or other pre-professional medical programs should consult with the pre-health profession advisor.

All students interested in careers in the health professions should meet with the pre-health professions advisor during their first semester.

Pre-Law Professional Program

Law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major. Instead, law schools look for students who can write well, think clearly, and solve complex problems. A strong liberal arts-based program of study that develops critical thinking skills, then, is the best preparation for law school.

At Saint Leo, our pre-law advisor works with students to select a major, choose electives that will enrich their understanding of the humanities, social and natural sciences and prepare for law school selection.

Particularly useful courses include those that develop analytical skills. Philosophy, logic and mathematics, communication skills such as speech and writing, and knowledge of social institutions, such as criminal justice, history and political science are particularly valuable. All pre-law students are also encouraged to enroll in an internship to help them explore the many dimensions of the legal profession.

In addition, pre-law students are encouraged to enroll in:

  • POL 123 Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
  • POL 326 United States Constitutional Law I
  • POL 327 United States Constitutional Law II
  • GBA 231 Business Law I

Students who are considering a career in law should meet with their academic advisor early in their academic career. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the SLU Pre-Law Advisor.

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