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Department of

Political Science and International Relations


Political Science is the most popular major among students who go onto law school, and it is easy to understand why. Our department offers a large number of law-related classes, including Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, International Law, Law of the Sea, Judicial Behavior, Legal Theory, as well as special topics courses with legal themes. Whether you are going to law school, or are just interested in law and politics, you will find plenty to interest you here.

Our department also offers a wide range of law internships for undergraduates. Opportunities include: the District Attorney's and Public Defender's Offices, the County and City Council's Offices, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, public interest work (such as Calpirg, the ACLU, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, the Surfrider Foundation) and many private law firms. See Professor Gary Gray for further information.

In addition, the department works closely with Phi Alpha Delta, USD's pre-law professional fraternity. PAD offers our students an excellent opportunity to learn about the legal profession from its wide variety of guest speakers and through special events, such as the annual trip to the national law school forum.

Del Dickson, Ph.D. is the campus pre-law advisor and is also the faculty advisor for PAD. If you have any questions, you may contact him at or drop by his office, PJ 285, during office hours.

If you are interested in going to law school, the Department of Political Science is the best place to begin your journey.

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