Basic pre-professional courses leading to graduate study or to
entrance into professional schools are offered in a number of
fields including law, medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, nursing,
social work and veterinary science. Pre-professional faculty
advisors work closely with students to explore opportunities in
professional schools and to select courses that will help students
reach their goals.
Students should plan to use the liberal arts as the foundation for more
specialized study at another institution, and are advised to
consult an advisor in their special field of interest for a
suggested outline of required subjects in their academic program as
soon as possible.
Students should also consult the catalog of the institution
where they intend to continue their studies. Requirements are
fairly uniform within a given field but do vary somewhat among
professional and graduate schools.
Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry,
osteopathy, nursing and veterinary science are encouraged to obtain
the bachelor's degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. However, health profession
graduate programs do not require the biology major. Students with
an interest in optometry, pharmacy, or other pre-professional
medical programs should consult with the pre-health profession
All students interested in careers in the health professions
should meet with the pre-health professions advisor during their
Law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major.
Instead, law schools look for students who can write well, think
clearly, and solve complex problems. A strong liberal arts-based
program of study that develops critical thinking skills, then, is
the best preparation for law school.
At Saint Leo, our pre-law advisor works with students to select
a major, choose electives that will enrich their understanding of
the humanities, social and natural sciences and prepare for law
Particularly useful courses include those that develop
analytical skills. Philosophy, logic and mathematics, communication
skills such as speech and writing, and knowledge of social
institutions, such as criminal justice, history and political
science are particularly valuable. All pre-law students are also
encouraged to enroll in an internship to help them explore the many
dimensions of the legal profession.
In addition, pre-law students are encouraged to enroll in:
Students who are considering a career in law should meet with
their academic advisor early in their academic career. Students are
strongly encouraged to contact the SLU Pre-Law