The American Bar Association (ABA) does not prescribe a particular major as a prerequisite for admission to law school. Rather prospective law students are free to choose among the wide variety of majors including humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts and other disciplines. Consider pre-law as a state of mind, rather than a major.
Although any major will prepare you to enter law school, it is very important to talk to those who know about law as a profession and about applying to law school as you work out your career plans and goals. One step along this path is to select courses that will help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as an attorney. To facilitate this selection process, the ABA has identified the following skills:
Task organization and management
You should select courses that you find both interesting and intellectually challenging. Since law school admission is highly competitive, it is important that you attain a high grade point average and that you also prepare for the possibility of a career outside of law.
Courses to ConsiderStudents interested in law school might consider classes in any of the following areas:
Courses in English that emphasize the skills of reading and writing will help you to master this important means of communication.
Courses in political science and history will help you develop an understanding of government institutions.
Courses in economics, statistics, accounting and computer science are valuable preparation for any profession.
Courses in philosophy, psychology, religious studies and sociology are also good preparation for studying law as a social science.
- Writing Intensive courses in any of the subjects above also underscore the skill of writing and are extremely helpful.
S. Margaret Buckley
Office of Career Development
events for fall 2013
Each semester, the Pre-Law Committee hosts several events for students. Past events have included LSAT review and personal statement workshops, graduate school fairs and the Best of Brooklyn Internship and Job Fair.
Tuesday, November 5
Personal Statement Workshop
12:40 p.m., Touhy 216
Thursday, November 14
"Careers in Law" Faculty Panel Presentation
12:40 p.m., Alumni Room