BIC & Pre-Law
The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core prepares students for law school.
The BIC curriculum incorporates the skillset recommended by the American Bar Association for students applying to law schools. These include analytical skills, research and writing skills, and communication skills. Each BIC course helps students develop these skills and apply them to their post-graduate goals.
BIC's Examined Life course presents the value of the life of the mind, the importance of becoming an active learner, and the rewards of life-long learning, which enables students to form connections between their lives in the university and their lives in the wider community. This three-course sequence guides students in making sound life choices for personal wellness through self-reflection, critical thinking, and decision-making.
The BIC's World Cultures sequence, offers students selective explorations of the human story from the emergence of civilizations to the present. Students use texts, works of art, examples of urban design and architecture, and other artifacts that represent the diversity of human voices to explore philosophical, religious, political, educational, artistic, literary, economic, and scientific dimensions of human experience. The World Cultures courses emphasize the connectedness of these various dimensions and develop reading, writing, oral communication, interpretive, and thinking skills.
The World of Rhetoric addresses the traditional concerns of writing and speaking with the focus of the BIC. The aim of The World of Rhetoric is to help students develop skills in textual and contextual analysis as well as in forming well-developed ideas that may be communicated to a specific audience, clearly and cogently.
Social World emphasizes the foundations and development of the social sciences (political science, psychology, anthropology, economics, sociology), the tools of these disciplines (quantitative and qualitative), and the use of the social sciences in analyzing current social issues.
The Natural World explores historical influences on the development of the sciences and the interrelationships between science and culture. Content will be structured around a few unifying themes, such as matter, energy, and change; students will study these themes from the perspectives of various science disciplines. The study of energy, for example, would include its physical, chemical, geological, and biological dimensions.
Several BIC students have graduated from law school and have successful careers as attorneys.
Below are profiles from BIC alumni that explain how the BIC and Pre-Law combination works:
University of Virginia School of Law, Dillard Scholar
BA-Psychology, Minor-Statistics, Pre-Law
"My BIC education was integral in my decision to study law. As a BIC student, I developed a love for interdisciplinary learning and realized that I did not have to limit my interest to one academic discipline or subject."
Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY
Washington and Lee University School of Law
BA-History, Minor-Rhetoric and Argumentation
"My BIC education has had a profound effect on my life. Having the opportunity to engage with so many facets of the humanities, literature, history, and philosophy engendered a deeper appreciation for our place in this era of history."
Consular Section- US Embassy in Lisbon
Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean- United Nations
James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona
"BIC helped prepare me for the amount of reading for law school. I also met some of my best friends through BIC, many of whom I'm in contact with regularly (and one of whom I'm in contact with constantly). I think the reason I liked BIC so much to begin with was that it was a family. "
Editor-in-Chief of the Affiliate for the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division
BA-Political Science, Minor-Church-State Studies, Pre-Law
"As I look back, I can without a doubt point to my BIC experience as one of the best academic decisions I made...The ability to analyze issues from a global perspective, as learned in the BIC program, is a skill necessary to be successful in law school."
Estate and Business Planning Law Firm Owner
BA-Political Science, Pre-Law
"I have no doubt that my experiences from BIC have helped shape my logic and reasoning skills, in addition to my ability to effectively communicate complex or perplexing information to my clients. I can not imagine where my life would be without the education and experiences that BIC provided me."
University of San Diego, School of Law
BS-Forensic Science, Minors-Biology and Chemistry
“'The unexamined life is not worth living.' It sounds very cliché, but it is true. I am in a high conflict field and often deal with incredibly difficult opposing counsel on tough cases and the BIC experience has helped me. I have a greater appreciation for differing opinions, which has been helpful in getting along with other attorneys, finding common ground, and working cooperatively. Being able to understand and respect someone’s position goes a long way, even if you do not agree with it."
Baylor Regent and attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Harvard Law School
BA-University Scholar, Pre-Law
"My favorite BIC memories are from my World Cultures classes, particularly the classes taught by Dr. Tom Hanks. I gained confidence in expressing my opinions and having those opinions challenged, which prepared me for law school and my legal career."