The pre-law program at Drury is structured according to the recommendations from American Bar Association approved law schools. These recommendations include the following:
- Students should major in an academic subject that interests them. Law schools discourage any specific pre-law or legal studies major.
- Law schools seek students who excel in writing and speaking skills and who demonstrate ability to think analytically, logically and creatively.
- 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;
- Maintain and graduate with a grade point average of 3.5 or greater;
- Score at the 75th percentile or higher on the LSAT.
Recommended Drury Courses:
- ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting (recommended by some law schools)
- COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
- COMM 422: Argumentation and Advocacy
- 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.