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I'm interested in law school, but law schools suggest I major in something other than  pre-law. So what should I study?

 

Consider these majors:

Philosophy

History

English

Political Science

Psychology

Communication Arts

Business Administration


Malone University offers excellent law school preparation, but not a "pre-law" major.

Why?

The answer is simple: the majority of students who are accepted into law schools do not major in "pre-law," nor do law schools show preference to students who majored in "pre-law."

What, then, do law schools look for in applicants? The following considerations shed light on this question:

In 2011, the School of Law at The University of Akron accepted students from 61 different majors. The largest representation of students majored in traditional liberal arts or business programs.

The law school at Case Western Reserve University "encourages undergraduates interested in law to gain a broad educational background and to choose challenging courses requiring critical thinking and logical analysis, such as history, economics, philosophy, and accounting. [They] particularly urge students to choose courses in which they will develop strong writing skills."

While the above accounts come from law schools within the Northeast Ohio region, they are representative of what most law schools recommend for potential applicants.

So what should my major be in order to prepare for law school?

Law schools are seeking students who can write effectively, think clearly, and solve problems through logic and well-reasoned analysis. These skills are best cultivated through traditional undergraduate programs such as:

Malone also offers a law concentration within the philosophy major, which is designed specifically for students interested in either law school or legal studies. But any of the majors listed on this page also would provide excellent preparation for law school.

Which majors tend to do well on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)?

These are the average 2008-2009 LSAT scores by major:

  • Economics 157.4
  • Philosophy 157.4 
  • Engineering 156.2 
  • History 155.9 
  • English 154.7 
  • Finance 153.4 
  • Political Science 153.0 1
  • Psychology 152.5 
  • Sociology 150.7 
  • Communications 150.5
  • Business Administration 149.1
  • Criminal Justice 145.5

These numbers ought not to suggest that majoring in one field rather than another will guarantee higher LSAT scores. They do, however, indicate which disciplines emphasize the kinds of skills law schools expect their applicants to have.

Who at Malone should I contact if I am interested in pursuing law school after graduating from Malone?

Shawn Floyd, Ph.D.
330-471-8561
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Scott Waalkes, Ph.D.
330-471-8396
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