Law, Government, & Public Administration

As a pre-law student at Augustana College,  you will build the foundational knowledge necessary in preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law school. Studying at a liberal arts college will develop your ability to think critically, read and comprehend complex materials, communicate effectively, and research and defend a position or argument.

Pre-law at Augustana is not a major; it is a program affiliated with the political science department. It provides extensive coursework in international and comparative politics, and serves as a resource for several of our international study programs, especially Asian studies, and Latin American studies.

You are free to choose the academic major and electives that align with your career goals. Several students who go on to study law after Augustana majored in philosophy, psychology, English, political science, or sociology, among others.

Beyond the classroom, Augustana students interested in law school often participate in the Pre-Law Club, the Politics Club, Augie Democrats or Augie Republicans, and more.

Students can also use their Augie Choice to help support law-related internships and experiences working with legal service agencies. Augustana also works closely with the Washington Internship Institute, and PLEN to deliver high-quality, meaningful experiences for students.





5 Course To Cultivate New Habits this Holiday Season that will Bring You Joy All Year ‘Round 🌲

Originally from LinkedIn

The holidays are different for everyone. For some, it’s about quality family time. For others, it’s time to see the world and travel to a new country or even finally getting to organize that pesky garage. What …

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Winter Break ❄️ 🧣

Originally from LinkedIn

After a busy semester, you’re probably ready to shut your brain off, kick your feet back, and catch up on sleep and not wake up until the new year!

I get it. End of the semester crunch …

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Pizza with A Purpose: Featuring Xong Sony

ALIVE Reflection by: Graham Hunt

At 5pm on Sunday, November 12th, Xong Sony Yang, a daughter of refugees, first-gen college student, a “rebellious daughter”, and Hmong-English Interpreter — not to mention, Song Sony is the Director of Augustana College’s Office …

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Message Employers on Handshake!! 🤝

One great way to network and get ahead in your internship/job search is to message employers BEFORE you apply! Check out how it works and what to write ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️

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Viking Score Incentives

Check out all these cool things you can get for completing Viking Score activities and earning points!

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Career Resources

Employment Tips for International Students

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  • Chief Human Resources Officer Graham Media Group

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  • Greater Chicago Area, Illinois
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Ryan Landi

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  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Assistant Medical Center Director (GS-14); Jesse Brown VA Medical Center U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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  • Chicago, Illinois
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Skill Building Courses

CIPP/US Cert Prep: 3 Government and Court Access to Information

Taught by Mike Chapple
The United States restricts government and court access to private sector information. These regulations protect citizens from unfair prosecution and…

Accounting Ethics: Managing Mis- and Disinformation through Professional Skepticism

Taught by ProDio Audio Learning Inc.
Decision making is one of the most important factors of your professional life, and it’s a process that starts with…

CIPP/US Cert Prep: 5 State Privacy Laws

Taught by Mike Chapple
In the world of privacy, the federal and state governments of the United States have overlapping authority. As a privacy…

Protecting Yourself as a Content Creator

Taught by Shontavia Johnson
Protect yourself and your online content by understanding how copyright law applies to the world of social media and Creator…

Understanding Intellectual Property

Taught by Dana Robinson
How are you protecting your work? Author and attorney Dana Robinson gives you a high-level overview of intellectual property (IP),…

Introduction to Responsible AI Algorithm Design

Taught by Martin Kemka
What does it mean to design responsible AI algorithms? Instructor Martin Kemka introduces important basics, like defining AI and knowing…

Responsible AI: Principles and Practical Applications

Taught by Brandie Nonnecke
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an integral component of business practices across all sectors. As businesses turn to automation to…

Copyright for Photographers

Taught by Carolyn E. Wright
The intersection of photography and law is a complex place. At one of those crossroads lies copyright. Many photographers aren’t…

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Essential Training

Taught by Mandy Huth
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the first major privacy act to come out of the United States. Instructor…

AI Accountability: Build Responsible and Transparent Systems

Taught by Barton Poulson
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers businesses the potential for a dramatic increase in functionality and profitability, but it can also spark…

Copyright for Photographers: Rights and Releases

Taught by Carolyn E. Wright
The intersection of photography and law is a complex place. What are your rights as a photographer? Where and what…

Accounting Ethics

Taught by Ajay Pangarkar
For both public and private businesses, timely and accurate financial reports are a vital part of communicating your company’s health.…

Microsoft Azure Data Scientist Associate (DP-100) Cert Prep: 4 Implement Responsible Machine Learning

Taught by Noah Gift
This course covers the topics tested in the fourth domain of the Microsoft Azure Data Scientist Associate (DP-100) exam. Instructor…

Music Law: Copyrighting a Song

Taught by Richard Stim
Registering a copyright to a song is not the easiest process, but it’s helpful for songwriters. It preserves your legal…

GDPR Compliance: Essential Training

Taught by Mandy Huth
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a privacy-related regulation in the EU that became active and enforceable in May…

Avoiding Legal Hot Spots: Five Legal Tips for Social Media Managers

Taught by EverCourse
Whether you are a social media manager, an influencer, or a business owner, if you leverage social media on a…

Understanding Trademarks: A Deeper Dive

Taught by Dana Robinson
Your trademark is your brand. Learn how to protect it! In this course, lawyer and author Dana Robinson provides a…

Tech on the Go: Ethics in Cybersecurity

Taught by Jerod Brennen
Never before has there been so much power available literally at your fingertips—from a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. That’s…

Ethics in the Age of Generative AI

Taught by Vilas Dhar
The amazing potential and opportunity of Generative AI has also brought ethical concerns. How can you address these concerns effectively…

Understanding Patents: A Deeper Dive

Taught by Dana Robinson
Want to patent your invention or technology—or avoid infringing on someone else’s? Learn the defining characteristics of successful patents, including…

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