Your Future in Law

The Bachelor of Arts in pre-law and legal studies is a pre-professional degree for students interested in pursuing law school and a career in the legal profession. This degree develops the skills and abilities pre-law students need to be competitive in the law school admissions process and establish a solid foundation for successful study of the law. As a result, this degree focuses on courses that will teach and develop the following skills and abilities: critical thinking, effective communication, and basic knowledge of the law and legal system.

In order to ensure the development of these skills, the courses students complete to obtain this degree come from a variety of majors at Charleston Southern University. For example, students learn critical thinking skills from courses developed in Christian studies, political science and history. Students choose to learn about law and legal concepts from courses offered in criminal justice and political science. In order to improve communication skills, students are exposed to courses focused on both verbal and written skills from communications, theater and English. All of these skills are necessary for those who aspire to work in the legal profession.

As a result, the pre-law and legal studies program allows students to explore courses from a variety of degrees rather than being confined to the selection of one major and one minor. This results in a greater range of relevant courses related to the student’s interests that challenges students to hone the skills necessary to compete in the law school admissions process and pave the way for law school success.

Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

Christi Gramling

Christi Gramling

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

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Law & Legal Studies: the pursuit of justice

Students will learn the legal process from first-hand faculty perspectives in the classroom. While there is no substitute for the law school experience, having professors who have been through the process allows students to experience, on a minor scale, law school expectations and can be beneficial for helping students transition to law school.

As a Pre-Law and Legal Studies major, you’ll take courses like…

  • American National Government
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • Constitution Law
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • The U.S. Congress
  • Communication Law and Ethics
  • International Law

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Law School Student
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Legislative Staffer
  • Journalist
  • Government Service

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish. 

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.

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Student Center

The Student Center houses the dining hall, Gold Room, a student lounge, the President’s Dining Room, the bookstore, offices for the dean of students, marketing and communication, development, business affairs, CSU online, a faculty suite of offices, the Career Center and the Student Success Center. A Chick-fil-A Express is located on the first floor.


I can honestly say that the political science department at Charleston Southern University gave me a topnotch education. My professors provided me with a strong foundation, which helped springboard my career from intern all the way to Regional Director in a U.S. Senator’s office. I highly recommend this program to any student thinking about studying political science.

Margaret Spaulding / political science, ’13Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott

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