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Designed to challenge and inspire, our exciting programmes will prepare you for a career in the legal profession and beyond. Our courses are academically rigorous, informed by the latest research and taught with enthusiasm by leading academics. The curriculum has been designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the core subjects coupled with opportunities to pursue optional modules in areas of your choosing.

You will be part of a close-knit, friendly, academic community. As a relatively small law school, we offer a high level of support to ensure you achieve your personal and academic ambitions. A team-building induction, guidance from student mentors, small-group learning opportunities and academic support from your personal tutor will ensure you make the most of your time with us. Whatever your career aspirations, we will help you to achieve your goals through our dedicated employability skills programme, careers fairs, pro bono opportunities, and prestigious marshalling schemes and prizes.

You will graduate from a highly-regarded school with an in-depth knowledge of the law and the ability to think independently and communicate effectively – a firm foundation for a career in law as a solicitor or barrister. You will also be well placed for success in the world of industry, banking, government, the media or politics. 86% of our graduates are in professional employment or further study within 6 months of graduation (2016/2017 DHLE).

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Law is all around us, often governing our business, social and civil interactions. Develop your analytical and problem-solving skills on one of our challenging and inspiring law programmes.

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Context is everything
Academics in Southampton Law School pose questions that will make you think twice

Pro Bono
Participate in pro bono activities, including BarLink, Law Clinics and Streetlaw

Mooting and Advocacy
Our students are top performers in national mooting competitions

Employability Skills
We are exceptional in having thorough academic and personal, legal and employability skills programmes for our students

Marshalling Schemes
Gain first-hand insights into the work of leading judges

Explore optional modules
Choose from around 25 available

Exchange opportunities
Study abroad for one semester at one of our partner universities

Study abroad
Opportunities to study at one of our partner universities for a year

Pre-Law Track Certificate Program


Resident in the Department of Political Science and History, the Pre-Law Program at Hampton University (Pre-Law Institute – HUPLI) provides all Hampton University students, regardless of major, with individualized advisement on the law school application process, the Law School Admission Test, and preparation for the demands of law school (and business school, for those students considering joint-degree J.D./M.B.A. programs). This 18-credit hour program offers courses specifically designed to enhance student understanding of subjects such as logical reasoning, ethics, legal research and writing, and the judicial process.

Pre-Law Track

This track is open to all Hampton University students regardless of major and consists of 18 credit hours chosen from the following categories.

Required Courses

  • POL 318 Legal Theory:  Examines the central question about the nature of law.  What is law?  How is it to be defined?  What are its essential aspects?  You will examine various theories that have been propounded in the course of human philosophy to explain the nature of law.
  • POL 319 Legal Research:  Examines legal materials such as general statutes, codes, West Law, and other legal resources.  Limited to juniors and seniors.
  • POL 425 Legal Writing:  Focuses on general methodologies used in briefing cases and developing legal analysis.  Course will provide opportunities for a variety of legal writing experiences.  Limited to juniors and seniors.
  • PHI 210 Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method:  Study of both traditional logic and modern developments with particular stress upon their applications in the areas of communication and in natural and social sciences.

Recommended Electives

  • PHI 304 Ethics:  Examines the historical and philosophical development of ethics with particular attention to the moral implications of contemporary ethical problems.
  • POL 302 Constitutional Law and Civil Rights:  Study of constitutional law cases involving political and civil rights.
  • POL 309 Law and the Judicial Process*:  A survey of the role of law and the courts in American political process.  The nature and sources of law and justice, judicial institutions, and judicial processes.

Free Electives

  • ECO 201 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics):  Emphasizes the determination of national income, fluctuations, and growth; the monetary system; the problems of inflation and unemployment; and international trade.
  • ECO 202 Principles of Economics (Microeconomics):  Second principles course on basic tools of market and price theory and their applications to the operations of firms, the consumption and work choices of individuals, and the effects of government taxes and policies.
  • ECO 319 Industrial Organization*:  An analysis of the relationship between industrial market structures and their impact on the behavior and performance of firms; survey and evaluation of government policies (anti-trust and regulation) toward improving the performance (allocation of scarce resources) in the U.S. economy.
  • MGT 305 Legal Environment of Business I*:  Examines the nature, structure, and process of our legal system as it relates to business and its global legal environment.  Topics include the court system, alternative dispute resolution, business ethics, constitutional law, administrative law, international law, torts and strict liability, contracts, and business organization, among others.
  • MGT 306 Legal Environment of Business II*:  Development of legal knowledge through case analysis.  Topics include sales, product liability, creditor-debtor relations and bankruptcy, intellectual property and computer law, employment and discrimination law, labor law, securities regulation, and land use control and real property, among others.
  • JAC 405 Media Law*:  Examines the various laws that affect journalism and other communications professions.  It includes the First Amendment, libel, copyright, privacy telecommunications regulations, and obscenity laws.
  • ENG 399 Law and Literature*:  Utilizes creative fiction and non-fiction, class exercises, lectures, and discussions as vehicles to examine various aspects of the practice of law and the operation of the judicial system.
  • SOC/CRJ 305 The Criminal Justice System:  Examines historical and contemporary core elements of the criminal justice system; including the police, courts, corrections, and juvenile and adult justice systems.
  • SOC 401 Sociology of Law:  An analysis of the sociological meaning and impact of the law, the agencies that control its use, and the critical analysis of the social constructions of legal reality.

*Prerequisites required

Students who pursue the Pre-Law track will be expected to work closely with his or her academic advisor and the Pre-Law advisor to ensure completion of all major and track requirements.  Once the student satisfies the track requirements, the Pre-Law advisor awards the student with a written certification of completion.

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Undergraduate Requirements

The Office of Admission welcomes applications for first-year and transfer admission. The University seeks students destined to become future leaders in their chosen professions, whether in the arts, business, education, engineering, health, journalism, law, medicine or the sciences. In addition, the University welcomes students who believe in honesty, integrity, respect for self and others, take responsibility for their actions and are seeking opportunities to enhance the development of their character. In reviewing applications for the right fit, the University takes a holistic approach focusing on overall academic achievement, characteristics that demonstrate leadership potential and personal qualities indicative of the highest ethical values.

High School students must complete at least four units of English, three units of college-preparatory mathematics, two units of foreign language, two units of social science, and two units in the natural sciences. The University recommends that candidates take the most rigorous academic program available in their schools, including at least five academic courses each year and AP, IB, and honors courses whenever possible.

Test Optional Admission Policy

Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 Unweighted or rank in the top 10 percent of their class, have the option to choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).

Applicants choosing not to submit standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to submit at least one recommendation from a teacher in a core subject area. Home-schooled applicants, students attending schools outside the United States, and students wishing to be considered for merit based scholarships must submit standardized test scores.

If you submit both the ACT and SAT, the University uses the most favorable score. Your SAT is based on a mix and match of your highest Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math scores. Your ACT score is based on your highest composite.

How to Apply

Freshman Requirements

Students interested in attending Hampton University can apply online. All students must submit for admission consideration the following:

  • The signed and completed Signature Page of the online application;
  • Application fee of $50.00 (non-refundable). Only cashier’s check or money order accepted;
  • OFFICIAL high school transcript;
  • Standardized test scores– unless applying using the Test Optional Policy (Reference above);
  • One letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or a high school teacher.
  • ESSAY (REQUIRED) 500 minimum word count. Character matters at Hampton University. Describe what exhibiting good character means to you and provide specific examples of your demonstrated behavior in this regard.

Submit all electronic documents to: [email protected].

Please submit all credentials at one time to ensure a timely response. 

Transfer Requirements

Transfer applicants are students who have attended another college or university and must apply as a transfer student, not a first-time freshman. Transfer candidates who have satisfactorily completed at least 15 hours of college level courses will be considered. Candidates who have earned a cumulative 2.5 grade point average receive the highest consideration for admission. Any information withheld or falsified may subject a student to dismissal. The following credentials are required for application review.

  • The signed and completed Signature Page of the online application
  • Official transcripts from all accredited colleges/universities attended
  • Application fee of $50.00 (non-refundable) A cashiers check or money order are the accepted forms of payment.  Personal checks are not accepted.
  • Official high school transcript (if you have less than 30 credit hours)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (if you have less than 30 credit hours) or for non-U.S. citizens, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • ESSAY (REQUIRED) 500 minimum word count. Character matters at Hampton University. Describe what exhibiting good character means to you and provide specific examples of your demonstrated behavior in this regard.

Submit all electronic documents to: [email protected].

Please submt all credentials at one time to ensure a timely response. 

Graduate Requirements

Your application and supporting documents must be received by the above stated deadlines to be considered for admission. Please send the following to complete your admissions file:

  • Completed application form
  • $25 non-refundable fee (cashiers check or money order)
  • An official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Official test scores of the:
  • GMAT (Business Administration applicants)
  • MCAT or DAT (Medical Science applicants)
  • GRE (all other applicants)
  • In addition to the above test scores:
  • PRAXIS (Education applicants)
  • TOEFL (Applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement