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 courses that will promote complex analysis and clarity of communication. Traditional pre-law courses are usually language intensive such as English, philosophy, history, or political science. These subjects provide the context for many legal issues and prepare students because they develop critical-thinking skills and writing ability, both of which are essential to the practice of law. Business administration courses are also helpful. Furthermore, courses that stress technical mastery such as math and science courses can also be beneficial because they develop the student’s ability to analyze and think in abstract concepts.
In general, students should take courses which require extensive written work and promote the development of clear analysis. Upon completion of their bachelor’s degree, students will be able to clearly articulate a persuasive discussion using both oral and written communication skills.
Preparation for Applying to Law School
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. For students with a serious interest in the study of law, there is the possibility of an independent study course or an internship.