When talking to others about college majors, you probably hear tons of students who say “I’m going to be pre-law.” Typically, this isn’t an actual major, rather it’s a path that students are following in hopes of going to law school/ Many schools offer specialized advising programs specifically for pre-law students to help you best prep for admission into these competitive programs. This is definitely something to take advantage of!
What to major in
Anything! You were probably hoping we’d tell you exactly what you should choose, but no such luck. Instead, here are some things to consider:
If your goal is law school, you are required to just have earned a bachelor’s degree. There aren’t going to be specific prerequisite course requirements, but it’s recommended to choose a major that will provide you with a strong foundation in written and oral communication as well as exposure to political and social issues. Many pre-law students will choose majors like Political Science, Legal Studies, English, Ethics, or History. But once again, a major in something out of the “norm” will provide you with a diverse background and make you stand out among your peers. Check out more tips on choosing a major here.
How pre-law advising can help you
Short answer: it helps you get into law school. Pre-law advising offices offer a wide array of services that you should take advantage of. Some things you may see include: individualized advising sessions, workshops, law school visits on your campus, personal statement review, mock interviews, test prep resources for admissions tests, and much more!
When to visit your pre-law advisor
As a pre-law student you should schedule an appointment with your major advisor AND pre-law advisor once a semester to ensure you are on the right track for both graduation and admission to law school. It’s also great to establish a relationship with both advisors because you will definitely be needing letters of recommendation to go along with your applications and they will be a great source for these.
Your pre-law advisor is another person on your team to cheer you on and provide support to help you achieve your dreams. Whether you enter college knowing you want to go the pre-law or discover it later on, make it a priority to visit the pre-law advising office on your campus ASAP!