The Association of American Law Schools does not consider it appropriate to prescribe certain undergraduate degree programs for students who are planning to study law at the professional level. The Association does, however, consider certain skills and knowledge essential for later success in law and appropriate for study on the undergraduate level.
Pre-law study in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences entails advanced course work that further develops the capacities and skills essential for satisfactory performance in law school. Specifically, pre-law study sharpens: (1) the ability to use the English language skillfully and effectively in oral and written advocacy situations; (2) the power to think clearly, critically, and independently in situations requiring problem-solving ability and sound judgment; and (3) the ability to use and understand statistical calculations. Moreover, pre-law study is intended to promote an understanding of the psychological processes, economic systems, political organizations, and social structures essential to the study and practice of law. Students who are considering applying to law school should fulfill their open elective requirements with challenging, upper-level courses that expand the knowledge areas and skills mentioned above.
Admission to law school is based on scores achieved on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), collegiate performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, and letters of recommendation.
Students who want to prepare for law school should, whatever their academic major, consult with Dr. David Barnum (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Department of Political Science, or contact the Department of History (email@example.com), where there is a pre-law concentration in the History major.