In general, there is no specific program or set of courses required for those who wish to pursue study of the law. Instead, law schools emphasize an academic background that emphasizes and cultivates reading, writing, and verbal analytical skills along with a study of society from political, economic, social, and philosophical perspectives. It is important to show law schools that one can succeed in a rigorous academic program with high standards. Such an academic program can be acquired in many forms, but the majors and minors in the College of Liberal Arts are particularly well-suited to foster the analytical skills that law schools are looking for through interdisciplinary study.
The College of Liberal Arts provides three majors that incorporate precisely this kind of academic program into a traditional major program. Students who major in English pre-Law, Geography pre-Law, and History pre-Law all complete a degree with special emphasis on interpreting texts, writing clearly, and thinking through big ideas about our world.
The pre-law minor provides another option for students. It includes a core set of courses that emphasize precisely the kinds of analytical skills desired by law schools: argumentation, logic, writing, and ethical reasoning. Beyond this core, students choose from additional electives pertaining to law, criminal procedure, or literature.
Still other students pursue the study of law through a major in Criminal Justice.