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Pre-Law Studies

Prepare for a career in legal studies or law school with a Certificate of Proficiency in pre-law studies.

This 9-credit-hour interdisciplinary program provides students with the writing, argumentation, and analytical reasoning skills necessary for law school while also preparing them for the LSAT or GRE. The certificate of proficiency will prepare students for jobs in legal studies or prepare them for law school.

Preparation for law school uses a skills-based approach rather than a knowledge-based approach. According to the Law School Admission Council, you want to pursue undergraduate coursework in your major and minor that helps you develop and master skills in:

  • Reading comprehension – the ability to read, with understanding and insight, lengthy and complex materials*
  • Analytical reasoning – the ability to consider a group of facts and rules and determine what could or must be true*
  • Logical reasoning – the ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments*

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • conduct research on public policy, civic advocacy, and/or corporate issues.
  • produce focused, well-organized, developed, and edited legal arguments.


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Suggested Majors

The American Bar Association (ABA) recommends a wide range of majors for students interested in pursuing a career in law. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of study that interest and challenge them, while taking care to develop skills in critical reading, research, analysis, logic, and writing. Students can pursue any field of study, but typically students interested in law school pursue a degree in one of the following majors:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Media Communication
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
However, students who have degrees in STEM, the arts, and nursing can also choose to pursue a career in law.

Suggested Minors

Students also pursue minors in the following fields:

  • Business Administration
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diversity Studies
  • History
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Professional Writing
  • Social Work
  • Speech

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