Preparing for Law School
Choosing a major
The term pre-law usually indicates a career goal and not a specific undergraduate major or course of study.
Unlike most professional schools, law schools do not specify the coursework or a major field that the prospective student must complete while in college. Instead, law schools prefer that potential students receive a well-rounded education. Students are encouraged to select a rigorous major with elective courses in numerous disciplines.
Pre-law students should choose a program of study that sharpens written and oral communication skills, as well as critical thinking. It should foster perceptive reading, critical reasoning, analytical thinking, and a strong command of the English language.
For more information, visit American Bar Association: Preparing for Law School
Undergraduate courses in diverse fields of study can help to build your foundation of fundamental legal principles. Pre-law students at Cal U should consider:
- BUS 242 Business Law I
- BUS 346 Business Law II
- COM 230 Argumentation and Debate
- COM 301 Forensic Activities
- COM 350 Persuasion
- ECO 304 Money and Banking
- ECO 308 Public Finance
- ENG 211 Business Writing I
- ENG 306 Press Law and Ethics
- HIS 308 History of American Constitution
- HIS 435 History of Law
- JUS 361 Court Systems
- JUS 365 Justice Theories
- JUS 455 Legal Traditions
- PHI 220 Ethics
- PHI 370 Philosophy of Law
- POS 314 Constitutional Law Government Power
- POS 315 Constitutional Law Civil Liberties
- POS 316 Judicial Policy and Politics
- POS 335 Administrative Law
- Cal U’s list of recommended activities
- Information Necessary for Law School Survival, written by Carolyn Nygren
- Legal Learning for Pre-Law Students
- American Bar Association’s recommended skills and values
In addition to academic preparation, extracurricular activities that develop these attributes can prove beneficial.