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    Law School Admissions: Prerequisites and Index

    There is no single course of study required for admission into law school. Very often, students intent on a legal career will major in history, political science, public policy or economics as undergraduates. Law schools, however, accept applications from virtually all majors and every discipline. Indeed, a broad and varied undergraduate education is often viewed as the best pathway to the legal profession.

    Many colleges and universities offer pre-law programs that are designed to maximize exposure to the law. Students in many of these institutions must closely follow their school's required pre-law curriculum in selecting classes. While such a structured course of study has some advantages, majoring in pre-law or legal studies is not necessary for admission into law school. In fact, some admissions officers will tell you that law schools are increasingly looking for students with broader educational backgrounds. Moreover, law schools are interested in promoting student diversity. As such, many institutions actively recruit nontraditional students and individuals who have applied experience in a wide variety of fields.

    Rather than narrowly focusing on students who have completed a particular undergraduate degree, law schools will be interested in any candidate who demonstrates:
    -a solid academic record (and a LSAT score)
    -professional commitment
    -maturity and intellectual ability
    -experience and purpose
    -strong skills in analyzing, advocating, counseling, writing, speaking and negotiation.

    For these reasons, law school does not have a required pre-law curriculum. Instead, law school offers an individualized course of study that emphasizes competencies and skills. At law school, you may major/minor in any subject you wish and should choose your degree based on your own particular abilities and interests. Rather than forcing you to take a specific sequences of courses, our pre-law program includes classes that are recommended for fostering the necessary abilities you will need in law school. For students who desire knowledge-based preparation, the College offers a variety of classes dedicated to legal topics, such as Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice and Business Law. In addition, law school has advising and support for those who are interested in a legal career. Pre-law Advising is housed in the Department of History & Government and prospective law students, regardless of major and year, are encouraged to contact the Pre-Law Advisor for information and assistance. Whether you are a freshmen or a senior, once you have made the decision to pursue law degree, we recommend that you consult the College's pre-law literature for suggested classes and competencies. The best background preparation for law school is to develop the skills that you will need to succeed both in law school and as a practicing attorney. Your ultimate goal as an undergraduate is to build a solid educational foundation, building and engaging critical thinking skills as you complete your chosen degree.

    Once you reach the stage of submitting your applications, the best preparation will have been to cultivate a general understanding of the process and an appreciation of the level of research and commitment that are necessary to the task. As with all important decision in life, you should consult a variety of sources and give careful consideration before adopting any specific advice.

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