Adviser: Mark Hyder
Students interested in the study of law as a profession should become acquainted with the entrance requirements of various law schools. This will make possible the planning of a preprofessional program which will qualify the student for admission to several schools.
It is a general requirement that students complete a bachelor’s degree before entering law school. Although no particular major is required, five fields should be especially considered by the student serious about law school. These are: business, history, English, journalism, and behavioral science. Certain courses recommended by all law schools include American history, freshman composition, principles of accounting, American government, principles of economics, English history, business law, and mathematics. Pre-law students should concentrate on developing their analytical, verbal, and writing skills.
Information about preparation for law school may be obtained from the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637. For information about the Law School Admissions Test, see the pre-law adviser.
As preparation for law school entry and success, the following legal studies minor is recommended in keeping with the American Bar Association list of Core Skills, Value, Knowledge, and Experience for pre-law students. The ABA suggests these pre-law components:
- Problem solving
- Critical reading
- Writing and editing
- Oral communication
- Organization and management
- Public service and promotion of justice
- Relationship-building and collaboration
- Background knowledge
- Exposure to the law
Please refer to the pre-law Legal Studies Minor in the History and Political Studies Department if you are interested in the full preprofessional course of study.