How to Select a Prelaw School
Prelaw programs can be found at 4-year colleges and universities. While prelaw is a multidisciplinary study, and successful lawyers hail from a variety of backgrounds and majors, not all programs are created equally. In fact, colleges often times do not offer a specific prelaw program - they usually offer different majors with a concentration specifically on prelaw. With limited choices for a true prelaw program, it's important to choose carefully.
There are a multitude of factors to include when choosing a school, including but not limited to the following:
- Prospective students should look for programs that offer core legal courses that prepare students for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
- The LSAT is focused on reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning; a prelaw program should cover these areas.
- Prospective students may also want to evaluate the extracurricular activities a school offers, such as debate and political science societies and clubs; these may prepare students for real world applications of their education.
Prelaw Program Overviews
The American Bar Association encourages undergraduates from a variety of majors to enter the legal profession. Since prelaw isn't typically offered as a major, consulting faculty advisers is a crucial part of choosing an appropriate slate of prelaw courses.
Prelaw programs that focus on reading, writing, politics, history and government are likely to provide students with an excellent foundation for law school. Other helpful areas of study for prelaw students would be courses such as:
Programs with numerous elective choices in law, such as constitutional law, international law, administrative law, contract law, legal writing and research methods, could help provide students with the necessary background to pass the LSAT and thrive in law school.
10 Schools with Prelaw Programs
|Cornell University||4-year, Private|
|Kansas State University||4-year, Public|
|Miami University||4-year, Public|
|Seattle University||4-year, Private|
|New York University||4-year, Private|
|Saint Joseph's University||4-year, Private|
|St. Cloud State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Dallas||4-year, Private|
|Carroll University||4-year, Private|
|Texas State University||4-year, Public|