The Pre-Law minor helps students improve their critical thinking, reading, writing and public speaking skills, while helping them understand what shapes human experience within American society and the United States legal system.

Program Highlights

According to the American Bar Association and law schools, pre-legal education should be a preparation for a lifetime of active involvement in a diverse and changing society.  

There is no single curricular path that is the ideal preparation for law school. However, this pre-law minor specifically seeks to help students further improve their skills while majoring in one or more of the following: 

  • Politics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • English

Career Paths

Applying to law school is often the next step after completing a pre-law minor, which then lends itself to a variety of careers practicing law, as well as working in such fields as academia, mediation, public policy and social work. 

Degrees Offered


Course Catalog

Minor Requirements

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a top-ranked, private University like Dominican is deliberately affordable and accessible! More than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive significant financial aid through merit- and need-based scholarships as well as state and federal aid. Additionally, for most students, there is no application fee, and we don't ask for test scores. Get in touch with a counselor to learn more about your path to an exceptional college experience at Dominican!

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Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Pre-Law students are encouraged to join the Dominican University of California Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Please contact your pre-law advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

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Alison Dana Howard, MA

Associate Professor of Political Science Co-Chair, Division of Public Affairs
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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La Vida Dominican

La Vida Dominican is a program for all students, increasing educational access and connection to support services, enabling degree completion and post-graduation success. Particularly, La Vida is centering experiences of students from Latinx and other historically underserved backgrounds.

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