Course Planning

Because no one major is required for law school, many students ask, "What should I be studying to prepare myself?"

Pre-Law at Illinois is not a major or a minor. The Pre-Law Advising Services office has worked with thousands of Illinois students and alumni from every major on campus who successfully applied to law school! If no specific major is required, what can a pre-law student study in order to prepare for law school?

A good way to begin addressing this question is by reviewing what the American Bar Association (ABA) recommends for students preparing for legal education. Pre-law students should carefully review ABA's statement on preparing for law school.

Use this document to help you assess which skills you're already developing through your major and which skills you can improve by taking other coursework. This statement suggests that Pre-Law students develop skills in the following areas:

  • Analysis
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Critical reading
  • Oral communication

These skills can be developed in a number of areas within many different disciplines. 

We've developed these resources to help Illinois students select courses developing helpful skills for law school: