Pre-Law Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Pre-Law Focus

About The Program

Law careers can be built upon interests in accounting, corporate management, public administration, politics, criminal investigation, as well as legal practice. Most law schools do not require specific undergraduate programs, but recommend courses appropriate for the baccalaureate degree of the student’s choice. Pre-law students should have the ability to read, write, and speak English well, a critical understanding of human values and institutions, and the creative power to think. 

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Recommended Electives

BUS& 201 Business Law 5
CJ 154 The American Legal System 5
POLS& 101 Intro Political Science 5
POLS 220 The Law and Social Issues 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology:DIV 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • A basic understanding of the institutions that develop law.
  • Ability to read for a clear understanding of content and relationships.
  • Reason logically and think critically.
  • Solve problems given specific factual situations.
  • Write and speak with clarity, precision, and style.

Revised June 2023 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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