Contact:
Dan Ponder
Pre-Law Co-Advisor
Director of Washington Center & Related Programs
Associate Professor of Political Science
Office: (417) 873-7394
deponder@drury.edu

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Pre-Law Curriculum

Daniel Ponder and Janis Prewitt-Auner, co-coordinators

Drury’s strong liberal arts tradition is excellent preparation for the rigors of law school. Students who apply to law school with a demonstrated ability to think critically, write effectively and express themselves clearly are stronger candidates for success. Those desirable qualities are the foundations for a Drury education. Our pre-law program works closely with law schools to make sure students are aware of the skills they need to be accomplished attorneys and legal scholars.

The strength of a Drury education is also the basis of the Judge Ross T. Roberts scholars program, that guarantees admission to the University of Missouri Law School for students who meet specific academic standards.

In parallel with a student’s chosen major, the pre-law program concentrates on developing critical thinking and communication skills. Courses in philosophy, history, the social and behavioral sciences, languages and literature enrich one’s grasp of the foundations of law in society.

The pre-law program at Drury is structured according to the recommendations from American Bar Association approved law schools. These recommendations include the following:

  1. Students should major in an academic subject that interests them. Law schools discourage any specific pre-law or legal studies major.

  2. Law schools seek students who excel in writing and speaking skills and who demonstrate ability to think analytically, logically and creatively.

  3. Law schools expect students in their undergraduate work to cultivate an understanding of the cultural underpinnings of the social and political environment in which the law operates. The Drury CORE program provides students the tools for such understanding.

Judge Ross T. Roberts Scholars
Pre-law students have a guaranteed place at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law under the Roberts Scholars Honors Admission program. To be eligible, a Drury student must:  receive an ACT score of 32 or higher or an SAT composite score of 2130 or higher; apply to the Roberts Scholars program before completing 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework or taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); maintain and graduate with a grade point average of 3.5 or greater; receive an undergraduate degree from Drury; and score at the 75th percentile or higher on the LSAT. Students admitted as a Roberts scholar receive a merit scholarship.

Pre-Law Internships
Because Springfield is a county seat, thus having the county court house as well as a division of the federal district court, students have numerous opportunities to work for law firms or intern in such public agencies as the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and the city of Springfield’s legal department. Drury’s affiliation with two internship agencies in Washington, D.C., has placed students in the United States Department of Commerce, the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Recommened Courses:
ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting (recommended by some law schools)
COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
COMM 422: Argumentation and Advocacy
COMM 442: Rhetorical Criticism
ECON 201: Basic Economic Theory
ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
HIST 101: U.S History to 1865
HIST 102: U.S. History 1865-Present
MATH 141: Applied Logic
MGMT 319: Business Law and Ethics
MGMT 321: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 200: Classical Problems in Philosophy
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
PLSC 335: Supreme Court & Constitutional Law
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology

Students are encouraged to use their elective courses with some of the above.

Students interested in international law are strongly encouraged to take an additional year of a foreign language beyond the general education requirement.