English Department Offers New Pre-Law Concentration

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Coming this fall, Edinboro University students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English will have the opportunity to enhance political, business and legal skills by enrolling in the university’s new pre-law concentration.

For many years, the B.A. in English has served as a bridge to law school for many students who desire to pursue careers in law, politics, or business; due to the program’s emphasis on critical analysis, reading, writing, and research skills.

“We knew that the B.A. in English has been a traditional route to law school and careers in law-related fields. It just made sense to design a program for English majors interested in law-related careers,” Chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy Mary Paniccia Carden said.

To design the new English pre-law concentration, the department of English and philosophy worked closely with Edinboro’s school of business and department of political science and criminal justice.

“Since the English pre-law program is interdisciplinary, we look forward to working closely with faculty and students in other disciplines, especially political science. We think the program offers promising opportunities for cross-disciplinary cooperation and collaboration,” Carden said.

Carden also shared that if students decide against law school, the new concentration and major in English will provide students with multiple job opportunities.

“We think the pre-law concentration will be of interest to students who want to major in English, but are concerned about future career opportunities. If students ultimately decide against law school, they will nevertheless leave Edinboro University with a quality English degree and many marketable skills,” Carden said.

The new pre-law concentration will require students to take multiple courses in political science, philosophy and writing. These courses include Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, International Law, and Business Writing.

“The pre-law concentration maintains the traditional English program’s rigorous training in critical thinking, reading and writing. Course work in philosophy and political science provides a knowledge base directly related to law and law-related questions and issues,” Carden said.

The new concentration also grants students with a substantial amount of flexibility in course selection by requiring 36 hours of free electives. This allows students to modify the program to best fit their personal interests in legal or related fields. Edinboro students also have the opportunity to join the mock trial team in the political science department, which gives students interested in legal studies the experience they need.

In a recent article published by Edinboro University, Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and lawyer, Dr. Scott Miller, also expressed his opinion on the new pre-law concentration.

“I see this as a wonderful asset to the university that serves students who desire to attend law school, providing them with not only a strong background in writing, composition, and critical thinking, but with the additional courses that will help them when they attend law school and beyond,” Miller said.

Additionally, Carden imparted that the new pre-law concentration is expected to not only benefit students, but also the university as a whole.

“We think that the addition of this new concentration to current law-related programs will help Edinboro University become the place to go for legal studies.”

For more information about the new English pre-law concentration, and other majors and concentrations recently added at Edinboro University, visit edinboro.edu.

Macala Leigey is the News Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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