May 26, 2019
The Pre-Law program is for students intending to go on to law school.
Pre-Law is not a major or minor, nor is there such a thing as a law major for undergraduates. Pre-Law students complete a major/minor of their choice. Most law students majored in a field related to their legal interests. For example, science and engineering majors are often most interested in patent or environmental law and business majors are often interested in corporate law. Common areas of study for pre-law students include:
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Foreign Language
- Natural Sciences
Regardless of their major, pre-law students are encouraged to take elective courses that will help ground them in the background of the American legal system:
Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Honors Program, and take courses that will improve the skills that they need to succeed in law school, namely Advanced Writing (ENGL 306/406), Logic (PHIL 230), and Public Speaking.
- Assigned to a second faculty adviser
- Your Pre-Law adviser will guide you in selecting courses that will improve the skills you need succeed in law school
- Guest speakers from law school admissions offices and from the legal practice
- The “Sophomore-Year Review,” in which you write a practice law school application and undergo a mock interview
- Tips on preparing for the all-important Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)