A student’s grade-point average and score on the Law School Admission Test are the primary factors on which law schools base their admission decisions. Law schools generally do not require a particular major field or any particular prescribed courses as prerequisites for admission. Most law schools merely require a bachelor’s degree.
Students should select a major field which interests them to increase the likelihood of a high GPA, and to allow them to specialize in a field of law that most interests them. Even though no particular pre-law major is best for all students, there must be substantial academic content in the pre-law education. Students should supplement their major field by taking intellectually demanding courses that will develop broad educational foundations and mental skills required of the successful law student or lawyer the ability to analyze, reason, read carefully, think abstractly, and speak and write precisely. Elective courses might include U.S. government, U.S. history, philosophy, economics, communication, accounting, statistics, corporate finance, constitutional law, jurisprudence, logic, political theory, and at least one course in English composition beyond the first year level.
Students should contact the pre-law advisor for more detailed assistance on the manner in which their particular needs and interests may best be shaped into a suitable pre-law program.
The Pre-Law Association, a student-sponsored organization, is available for the purpose of encouraging communication and interaction among pre-law students on campus.
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