UGA Department of Philosophy announces a Pre-Law Track for undergraduate philosophy majors interested in pursuing a career in law. In conjunction with faculty members from the UGA School of Law, philosophy faculty members have identified nine courses within the department that cover material that might be particularly helpful to those pursuing further studies in law. These include: Ethical Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, Theory of Political Knowledge, Social & Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Language, and Philosophy & Race.
"When I met with philosophy students early on during my first semester here, they told me that a top priority should be to develop our pre-law offerings and our connection to the UGA School of Law,” explains department head Aaron Meskin. “This is our first effort in that area, but we are looking at doing more."
“Law schools in this country have traditionally looked favorably at philosophy majors, primarily because of the skills that are developed in philosophy courses,” adds undergraduate coordinator, Athanasios Samaras. Indeed, philosophy majors have been shown to have the second-highest LSAT scores of all majors. The study of philosophy requires analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension—all skills which are evaluated by the LSAT. Philosophy majors are highly trained in presenting arguments by manipulating language, a core ability required for the study of law.
“The pre-law track is a wonderful opportunity for our majors to concentrate on courses that will sharpen such skills as well as prepare for the rigors of law school,” adds Samaras