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Loyola offers new program in pre-law history

March 25, 2011

Beginning this fall, Loyola University New Orleans Department of History will offer a new pre-law concentration. The new program was developed using guidelines from the American Bar Association and prepares students for the rigors of law school.

Students can choose from course topics that include law in early America, law in modern America, American trials, Medieval crime and community, revolutionary America, law of the ancient world, origins of law, punishment and power in modern Japan, and global issues.

“With a multitude of history courses focused entirely on the evolution of the law, students will not only develop the necessary skills required for law school, but they will have a first-hand opportunity to apply their newfound problem-solving skills to historical legal issues,” said David Moore, Ph.D., chair of Loyola’s Department of History. “Historical analysis in history, as in law, plays a huge role in contemporary trends in American jurisprudence and problem-solving and relies heavily on a strong foundation in research skills.”

According to Moore, all students in this program would complete three credit hours in “Global Issues,” a class dedicated to formal debates on current events, preparing them for the courtroom experience. “Global Issues” also focuses attention on the integration of global economic, political, and cultural systems.

“Law needs to be understood in a comparative perspective since it is a field that spans different legal traditions and jurisdictions,” said Moore. “In this way, students will be exposed to the world of law and be better prepared for the next step in the pursuit of a degree in law.”

For more information about the program, see http://chn.loyno.edu/history/pre-law-history

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