Law (Pre-Law)

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A student's grade-point average (GPA) and score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) are the primary factors used by law schools for admission decisions. Most law schools require a bachelor's degree.

Law schools generally do not require a specific major or any prescribed courses for admission, although Political Science is the most popular choice for student planning to go to law school because it affords the opportunity to study of law, policy, and the courts. Students should supplement their major by taking intellectually demanding courses to develop the mental skills of a successful law student and lawyer including the ability to analyze, reason, read carefully, think abstractly, and speak and write precisely. Elective courses might include courses in U.S. government, the courts, political theory, constitutional law, civil liberties, U.S. history, philosophy, economics, communication, accounting, statistics, corporate finance, logic and an advanced writing course.

Students should contact the pre-law advisor for assistance on their particular needs and interests.

The Pre-Law Society is a student-sponsored organization which encourages interaction among pre-law students at the university.