DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR: PRE-LAW
The Pre-Law Program
The Pre-Law Program is housed in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Acceptance into law school is generally determined by the candidate’s Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score, participation in a rigorous course of undergraduate study, college grade point average, a written personal statement specified by each law school, and letters of recommendation. Generally, the successful pre-law student will maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA in an academic program with a challenging major, double major and/or minor.
While there is no specific undergraduate major or set of courses required for admission to law school, certain programs are recommended as excellent introductions to the study of law and its affiliated fields as well as pertinent preparations for the LSAT.
The best undergraduate preparation for the LSAT and course work required in Law School is a challenging program of study which develops writing, reading comprehension, critical judgment, logical reasoning, and precise expression of ideas. The majors that provide the best preparation are political science, English, history, criminal/social justice, paralegal studies, and philosophy of law. Students with particular interest in the application of law to business, technology, and research are encouraged to have majors or minors linked to those areas. As a strong formation for both the LSAT and for first year law school, the following courses are recommended: