English and Law
English and Law prepares students for a career in law by developing their critical-thinking skills and writing ability, both essential to the practice of law.
Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in English, students will be able to clearly articulate a persuasive discussion using both oral and written communication skills. In addition to the English major, students should consider the courses mentioned below.
While there is no pre-law major, the English and Law pre-professional program provides a solid foundation for a student's success in law school, promoting 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 provide the context for many legal issues. Courses that stress technical mastery, such as math and science courses, can also be beneficial. In general, students should take courses that require extensive written work and promote the development of clear analytical abilities.
For students with a serious interest in the study of law, an independent study course or an internship may be an option.