Pre-Law Curriculum

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 Your Drury Fusion 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 on the LSAT. 

Recommended Courses

ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting
3 credit hours

Introduces the student to the role of accounting in a global society. Principles and concepts of financial accounting. Analysis of accounting statements, and accounting cycles and procedures: receivables, inventories and fixed assets.

COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 211COMM 215. A study of the persuasive process in contemporary culture. Students study basic theories of persuasion and public speaking in an effort to become responsible consumers and creators of public persuasion. Practical applications are made by presenting persuasive speeches and critical projects.

COMM 422: Argumentation and Advocacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 211. The First Amendment coupled with our marketplace of ideas mentality requires that competent communicators get and practice critical-thinking skills. Argumentation and Advocacy explores these skills in tandem with the public discourse vehicle. Students are required to examine and deploy various approaches in making and evaluating arguments in a public setting. Theories explored include transmission models of communication, Stephen Toulmin’s model of argumentation and critical theory as it is applied to communication studies and the professions.

ECON 201: Basic Economic Theory
4 credit hours

Students will be introduced to the way market economies deal with the universal problems of resource scarcity. They will use economic models to evaluate market processes and government policies. The course provides an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics.

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: DAY-None. CCPS-ENGL 150. Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience.

HIST 101: United States History to 1865
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the time of Columbus to the Civil War. Offered fall semester.

HIST 102: United States History 1865 to Present
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the Civil War to the present. Offered spring semester.

MATH 141: Applied Logic
1 credit hours

This course is designed to help students learn to apply the tools of logic to concrete situations, such as those posed on LSAT and GMAT tests. The course will include a discussion of propositional logic, propositional equivalences, rules of inference and common fallacies. Students are strongly encouraged to take PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking either prior to or concurrently with this course.

MGMT 319: Business Law and Ethics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. This course explores ethical and legal issues in business beginning with the legal system and forms of dispute resolution and covering the procedural and substantive areas of constitutional law, business crimes, torts/products liability, contracts and sales. Contemporary legal and ethical issues in business are discussed.

MGMT 321: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
3 credit hours

This course is an overview of laws and regulations as they pertain to the business atmosphere. Topical areas include procedural laws and the court system, alternative means of dispute resolution, constitutional law, torts/products liability, business crimes, contracts, sales, forms of business organizations, and employment regulation. Case analysis and ethical implications are discussed in each area.

MGMT 374: Employment Laws and Regulations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 301 and admission to the Breech School of Business. This course should give students the opportunity to learn legislation and common law that applies to employers and employees. The course will examine all existing federal employment laws including but not limited to the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disability Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standard Act as well as some state laws such as state worker’s compensation laws and some state discrimination regulation. The course will include learning the applicable regulations for enforcement of such laws.

PHIL 100: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credit hours

This course helps students learn to think clearly, concisely and analytically, through a familiarity with the reasoning methods of logic in terms of learning how to define terms, formulate arguments and analyze statements critically and objectively. The course deals with the language of logic and the methods of deductive and inductive reasoning.

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
3 credit hours

Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.

PLSC 220: Introduction to Law and Society
3 credit hours

An exploration of the role that law plays in organizing society, resolving disputes and fostering change. Students will focus on the multitudinous ways in which law influences their daily lives and how social groups work to change the law and improve society. Students will be introduced to theories about law and how law has developed over time.

PLSC 335: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

A study of judicial processes and decisions with particular emphasis on the Supreme Court decisions that have shaped legal thought and altered the social fabric of American society.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

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.