Law School Preparation Program

Pre-Law is no longer the preferred route to enter law school. Law schools are looking for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts discipline with a curriculum that emphasizes the following:

•    effective written and oral communication;
•    development of an understanding of human institutions and values that influence the establishment of laws and legal practice; and
•    development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

More information on law school admissions can be obtained from the Association of American Law Schools at its Web site: www.aals.org.

Law schools look for an undergraduate academic program that emphasizes course work in the social sciences including history and politics, English and quantitative analysis through the study of mathematics, statistics and the sciences. Students are also encouraged to take courses in economics, accounting and financial management.

Law school applicants are evaluated for the intellectual potential to do law school level course work (undergraduate major, minor and electives; cumulative GPA; and LSAT score); the character to meet the professional and ethical standards of practicing law; and internship or work experience in a legal setting.

Law School Preparation
A student seeking a career in law is encouraged to develop the following educational plan:

•    select a major in English, Psychology, Liberal Arts, or History and Politics;
•    consider electives from the following: Ac101, Ac102, Ec202, Ev303, Ev308, Ev405, Hp200, Hp201, Hp206, Hp207, Hp208, Hp209, Hp210, Ma202, Ma203, Mg303, Mg307, Mg320 or any 300- or 400-level En, Hp, Py or IT courses; and
•    participate in an internship or practicum experience in a legal setting.

Bachelor Degree for Law School Preparation
General Core                   45 Credits
Major Courses                 36-39 Credits
English
History and Politics
Liberal Arts
Psychology

Minor (optional)               18 Credits

Electives                           36-39 Credits

Total for degree                120 Credits

Suggested course sequence would follow that of the chosen major.