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Lincoln University Pre-Law Certificate Program

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the Lincoln University Pre-Law Certificate program is to offer students resources and supplemental courses designed to facilitate the development of the skills necessary to be successful in law school including analytical, problem solving, critical listening, reading, oral communication, and research skills.

 The program goals are to:

  1. Provide Pre-law related information to students and the campus community
  2. Facilitate the development of necessary academic skills that will help students become successful during the law school admissions process and beyond.
  3. Provide and facilitate opportunities for students to engage in programs that will enhance their abilities and chances to succeed in law school.

The Pre-Law Program 

In keeping with the recommendations of the American Bar Association (ABA) Lincoln University does not offer an undergraduate Pre-Law major. Rather students can choose any major to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline.

Our Pre-Law Certificate program has been planned to offer students an additional set of supplemental courses designed to facilitate the development of the skills necessary to be successful in law school including analytical and problem solving, critical listening and reading, oral communication, and research.

Courses Required for Pre-Law Certificate

1. PHL 217 Critical Reasoning
2. POL 310  Race and American Law
3. ENG 314  Legal Analysis and Writing
4. Select one of the following:

POL 400- Legal Problem Solving
POL 204 - Legal Systems
SOC 301 - Law and Society
POL 401 - Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PHL 303 - Legal Philosophy
ECO 334 - Business Law
COM 404- Media Law and Ethics

Other courses may be approved and substituted upon the approval of the Pre-Law
Curriculum Committee.

Other Program Requirements

All Pre-Law students are:

  • Required to join and demonstrate active participation in the University's Thurgood
    Marshall Society. Contact Dr. Chieke Ihejirka at extension 7203 for meeting times,
  • Encouraged to take advantage of the LSAT preparation course offered by Lincoln
  • Encouraged to join the Pi Kappa Delta /Forensic Society. Contact Dr. Judith A. W. Thomas at extension 8151 for information.

On-Line Resources for Pre-Law Students

American Bar Association

For Future Black Law Students

Horace Mann Bond- Leslie Pinkey Hill Scholarship


Law School Admissions Council

CLEO - Council on Legal Education Opportunity

National Bar Association

National Black Law Students Association

National Black Pre-Law and Admissions & Admissions Conference

Penn State - The Dickinson School of Law

Pre-Law Handbook

Temple Law School

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law

University of Maryland School of Law

Villanova Law School and PLUS program

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
345 N. Charles Street 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-3118 Phone
410-347-3119 Fax


For additional information, contact Ms. Marguerite Hoberg, ext. 7543, 355 Dickey Hall, or Dr. Patricia Joseph, ext.7547, 361 Dickey Hall.

Revised December, 2009


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