The successful study and practice of law requires both language mastery and the ability to understand abstract concepts. There is no Pre-Law major per se, but students interested in studying law are encouraged to take those courses which promote complex analysis and clarity of communication. Traditional pre-law courses are usually language intensive, such as courses in English, philosophy, or history. Political science and business administration courses are also helpful because these subjects often provide the context for many legal issues. Furthermore, courses which stress technical mastery such as math and science courses can also be beneficial. In general, students should take courses which require extensive written work and promote the development of clear analysis. Admission to law school requires early application and the taking of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) by February of the student’s senior year at the latest. For students with a serious interest in the study of law, there is the possibility of an independent study course or an internship. Please contact the pre-law advisor if there are other questions.
Lawrence Price, J.D.
Pre-Law Program Advisor &
Assistant Professor of Business
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1474
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-6987, Ext. 1533