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Several departments offer courses specifically concerned with the law and legal issues.
Among them are ECB 255 (Antitrust Policy and Government Regulation); HIS 351 (The
Age of Revolution in America); PHI 353 (Philosophy of Law); POL 122 (Foundations of
the First Amendment), POL 172 (American Politics), POL 325 (Anglo-American
Constitutional Thought), POL 332 (Human Rights), POL 333 (International
Organizations), POL 361 (Race, Sex, and the Constitution), POL 364 (Congress and the
Presidency), POL 365 (Constitutional Law: The American System), POL 366
(Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties), and POL 561 (Mock Trial); and SOC 248
(Contemporary Native Americans), SOC 348 (Race and Ethnic Relations), and SOC 376
(Civil Rights and Western Racism).

Prospective law students are encouraged to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
no later than October of the year preceding their anticipated matriculation in law school.
The LSAT contains sections on reading comprehension, analytical reasoning (structure
of relationships), and logical reasoning (verbal arguments). Application materials and
advice on preparation are available from the pre-law advisors: Craig Allin, M. Philip
Lucas, Genevieve Migely, Mary Olson, and Rob Sutherland.


The requirements for admission to medical school (including osteopathy, podiatry, and
veterinary medicine) and the courses which are prerequisites for the Medical College
Admission Test (MCAT) are more or less the same. The MCAT is based upon a core of
work in the sciences which should be completed before attempting the test. Consult the
Dimensions web site located at, or consult the
pre-med advisors (Barbara Christie-Pope and Craig Tepper) for further information.

At Cornell the essential minimum preparation consists of the following courses: BIO 141
and 142 (Foundations: Cellular Biology and Foundations: Organismal Biology), BIO 205
(Cell and Molecular Biology); CHE 121 and CHE 122 (Chemical Principles I and II) or
CHE 161 (Accelerated General Chemistry), CHE 225, CHE 326, and CHE 327 (Organic
Chemistry I, II, and Laboratory);STA 201 (Statistical Methods I); and either PHY 141,
PHY 142, and PHY 263 (Introductory Physics I, II, and Laboratory) or PHY 161, PHY
162, and PHY 263 (General Physics I, II, and Laboratory). Other relevant courses are
BIO 211 (Evolution), BIO 313 (Developmental Biology), BIO 315 (Genetics), BIO 326
(Microbiology), BIO 327 (Immunology), BIO 328 (Neurobiology), BIO 329 and BIO 330
(Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II); CHE 334 (Biochemistry); and INT 121
(Communication in Education), found under "Interdepartmental".

Physical Therapy

Cornell offers a pre-professional advising program to assist students who want to enjoy
the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum while preparing for admission to graduate school
in the field of Physical Therapy. After receiving a degree from Cornell, students may
enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Cornell can help you to be a
competitive candidate and succeed in PT school. The general coursework prerequisites
for physical therapy programs are similar to other pre-health programs with a greater
emphasis in human anatomy and physiology. The GRE (Graduate Record Examination),
as well as clinical experience are both required for acceptance into these

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