Course Planning

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

A good way to address 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

For example, if your major doesn't require extensive writing and research, select Gen Eds and electives that provide research and writing opportunities. An introductory public speaking course is a good choice for any student considering pre-law to develop better oral communication skills.

Talk with your academic advisor about selecting courses to help you improve skills in these areas.