UTSA to offer new degree to prepare students for law school

UTSA to offer new degree to prepare students for law school

(November 9, 2016) -- Students interested in politics and law will soon be able to pursue another degree option at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to help them prepare for law school or future careers in law.

“The objective of the UTSA politics and law degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary to gain admittance to law school or graduate school, or find gainful employment in government agencies or private businesses after graduation,” said Daniel Engster, chair of the UTSA Department of Political Science & Geography.

UTSA students will have the opportunity to pursue this new degree path beginning in the Fall of 2017. The program will provide an introduction to the nature and theories of law, role of law in society and legal topics such as contracts and torts. Students will take a sequence of five courses focusing on the modes of legal and philosophical reasoning, social science research methods and the conventions of legal writing. This new degree program will help UTSA students develop their critical reading, writing and reasoning skills.

There also will be several opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom with the incorporation of an internship program and study abroad experiences. These opportunities will help students gain valuable work experience and allow them to network with community organizations, law firms and local professionals.

UTSA will continue to offer a legal studies minor within the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA). COLFA consists of 11 departments and has faculty drawn from prestigious institutions around the world who have presented their research nationally and internationally.

UTSA is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world and among the top 100 in the nation, according to Times Higher Education.

- Kara Mireles

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