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.





Launch into the Future: Conquering Post-Graduation Uncertainty

Graduation is upon us, Vikings! It’s a thrilling launchpad, but also normal to feel a mix of “what’s next?” and nervous excitement. Don’t worry, you’re not lost at sea. Here’s your personal treasure map to navigate post-graduation uncertainty with confidence …

By Sangamitra Shakya
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Beyond the Cap and Gown! Maximizing Finals Week and Graduation for Career Success

As finals week approaches and the excitement of graduation builds, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of last-minute assignments and celebratory plans. However, amidst the chaos, it’s essential to recognize that these moments offer unique opportunities to …

By Sangamitra Shakya
Sangamitra Shakya
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Innovation In The Alps!

In the spring of 2025, Augustana College will offer a Study Away program focused on innovation in music and science and ethical consideration in Germany and Switzerland (Alps). Students will take two courses on campus (ENGR 315 and MUSC 306) in Spring. After …

By Lisa Slater
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WaterCon 2024

American Water Works Association Illinois Section 2024 Annual Conference. Augustana Students present about partnership with Rock Island City, along with how they have worked to create deliverables for the Illinois EPA! Check out what these students worked on at the …

By Peyton Heisch
Peyton Heisch
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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Career Resources

Decoding Your Future

To further support your exploration and decision-making process, here are some valuable resources:

Employment Tips for International Students

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Law School Comparison Worksheet

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Viking Connections

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Skill Building Courses

Tech Ethics: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

Taught by Raina Kumra
Both users and creators of technology are starting to notice projects with a troubling lack of ethical considerations. News headlines…

Generative AI: Business and Legal Concerns for Creatives

Taught by Seth C. Polansky
In this course, industry veteran attorney Seth C. Polansky discusses the current state of the AI world from the legal…

Tech On the Go: Ethics in AI

Taught by Ayodele Odubela
The ethics of artificial intelligence is hotly contested in tech. And as AI has been adopted in recent years by…

Tech on the Go: Ethics in Web Development

Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen
Ethics in web design isn’t just about avoiding risk and mitigating harm. Anyone involved with bringing a product, service, or…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Business Ethics

Taught by Bob McGannon
Ethical behavior is critical to the success of your career and your company. But ethics are not always black and…

Leadership Ethics

Taught by Bob McGannon
Today’s headlines are rife with stories of corporate corruption. These incidents are often pinned on the decision-makers at the top—and…

Debiasing AI Using Amazon SageMaker

Taught by Kesha Williams
Artificial intelligence (AI) can have deeply embedded bias. It’s the job of data scientists and developers to ensure their algorithms…

Ethics and Law in Data Analytics

Taught by Microsoft General Technical Skills
With big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), corporations, governments, and individuals have access to powerful tools that can have…

Business Law for Managers

Taught by Jo-Ná Williams
Did you know that you have legal responsibilities as a manager? Even if you work with a corporation, you can…

Copyright for Creatives: Protecting Your Work

Taught by Von Glitschka
Many creative people are familiar with the frustrating experience of discovering that their work is being used online without their…

Business Ethics for Sales Professionals

Taught by Dean Karrel
Regardless of your profession, the subject of ethics is an important one to review. That said, it’s particularly critical for…

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…

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