Choosing a Major

Law schools don't require specific prerequisite courses in order to admit students. Due to the wide variety of legal subjects and disciplines, students from any major can apply to law school.

Pre-Law isn't a major or a minor; it's an educational goal signifying your intention to pursue post-graduate legal education. Identifying yourself as Pre-Law means that throughout your undergraduate education, you're committed to developing the skills necessary to become a successful law student and a productive member of the legal community.

You should strive to develop a strong academic record that demonstrates a broad educational base. Therefore, when selecting a major, it's important to ask yourself:

  • What major suits my strengths? What do you enjoy? You're more likely to create an academic record of demonstrated success by selecting an area of study that suits your strengths.
  • Am I challenging myself? Law schools want to see that you’ve taken challenging coursework that gets progressively more difficult throughout your undergraduate education.
  • Am I succeeding in my current major? If you're struggling academically in your current major (aside from the Gen Eds you're taking), perhaps you should re-evaluate. Remember that undergraduate GPA is a very significant factor for getting into law school. Several semesters in a major that doesn’t suit your strengths will be quite difficult to overcome.
  • Do I need assistance? If you're having second thoughts about your major, talk to your academic advisor sooner rather than later. Changing majors is best done earlier in your undergraduate career. Your academic advisor can also suggest resources to help you address academic issues if you're struggling academically.

Pre-Law Advising Services discusses the major selection process extensively in our Pre-Law 101 workshops (check our Event Calendar here for the next one), in our Handbook, and on our Blog