The Law and American Civilization Program introduces undergraduates to the American legal system.
Students majoring in Law and American Civilization may wish to attend law school following college graduation; they may choose to apply to graduate school in one of the disciplines of the program; or they may enter the work force in government, business and industry, or politics. This course of study is not necessarily a pre-professional program. Students not contemplating law or graduate school are encouraged to major in the program if their primary academic interest in college is to learn more about the American legal system.
Students contemplating law school after graduation should make an appointment with the university’s prelaw adviser, Dr. Jack Fruchtman. He can provide prospective students with a copy of the Towson Prelaw Handbook, introduce them to the Prelaw Society, and offer advice concerning courses of study, preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and other matters pertaining to what students need for their application to law school. In general, students should concentrate on improving their reading, writing, speaking and thinking skills.
Dual Law Program
Towson University offers qualified students the opportunity to apply to the early admission program at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Admission is not automatic but is contingent upon acceptance by the University of Baltimore Law School, including review of LSAT scores. Transfer to the UB law program can only take place at the end of a spring term. To qualify for entrance to the dualdegree program, students must fulfill the first three of the standards listed below; to qualify for graduation from Towson University, they must also fulfill the fourth standard listed:
1. Completion of at least 91 units at TU with at least a 3.00 GPA
2. Completion of all TU General Education requirements
3. Completion of a major at TU with at least a 3.25 GPA in the major.
No specific areas of study or disciplines are required for this program; accordingly,
students may choose majors in which they are most interested.
4. Successful completion of 29 units at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and of all
other TU graduation requirements as listed in the catalog under the heading Degree
Subsequent completion of all requirements at the University of Baltimore Law School is necessary in order to earn the J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore. Students interested in this program should contact the TU prelaw adviser, Dr. Jack Fruchtman, in the Department of Political Science.