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Academic Preparation

Students are encouraged to pursue a broad, liberal, and diverse program of study by enrolling in demanding courses that challenge them to read, write, research, speak and think critically. Law schools are looking for applicants with academic excellence and the ability to perform at a high scholarly level.


Law schools encourage applicants to pursue a variety of majors without preference given to a specific area of study. Students should select majors in which they are most interested. Majors that emphasize critical thinking and writing can be helpful for students pursuing law but students can also gain these skills through elective coursework.

The only exception to the rule about majors is for students who would like to pursue Intellectual Property Law/Patent Law. It is necessary to have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering or at least take multiple courses in key science areas. For more information about Patent Law Exam requirements, please review the document provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Minors and certificates are not required for law school but are a great way to demonstrate expertise and commitment to additional knowledge in a certain discipline. If you are interested in pursuing a minor, we strongly suggest choosing minors in which you desire to gain additional knowledge and possess a true interest in the subject. As minors are optional, they should be pursued based on desire and should be utilized to enrich your major course of studies. We do not recommend adding a minor or certificate with the sole purpose of making your law school application “more competitive”.


Although the American Bar Association does not specifically recommend undergraduate majors or courses, we do provide below a list of courses by department that may help you prepare for legal education.

Agricultural & Life Sciences

AEB4123 – Agricultural and Natural Resource Law

AEB4242 – International Trade Policy in Agriculture

AEB4283 – International Development Policy

AEC3033C – Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences

FES4244 – Legal, Political, and Regulatory in EMS

FNR4660 – Natural Resource Policy and Economics


ANT4006 – Human Rights and Culture

ANT4273 – Anthropology of Law


CJL2000 – Law and the Legal Process

CJL3038 – Law and Society

CJL4037 – Psychology and Law

CJL4050 – Juvenile Law


ACG 2021: Introduction to Financial Accounting

BUL4310 – The Legal Environment of Business

ECO 2013: Principles of Macroeconomics

ECO 2023: Principles of Microeconomics

ECP3302 – Environmental Economics and Resource Policy


EDH3410 – Introduction to Education Policy

EEX4520 – Disabilities: Legal Aspects and Policies


ENC 2210: Technical Writing

ENC 3250: Professional Communication

ENC 3310: Advanced Exposition

ENC 3312: Advanced Argumentative Writing

ENC 4260: Advanced Professional Writing


AMH 3551: Constitutional History of the United States to 1877

AMH 3552: Constitutional History of the United States Since 1877

AMH 3558: United States Legal History

AMH 4160: The Early Republic, 1789-1848

AMH4316 – Violence and Social Conflict in American History

AMH4319 – Crime and Punishment in American History

WOH3205 – History of Human Rights


MMC3210 – Sports Media Law and Ethics

MMC4200 – Law of Mass Communication

RTV4700 – Media Law and Policy


MAC 2233: Survey of Calculus

MAC 2311: Analytic Geometry and Calculus


PHI 2010: Introduction to Philosophy

PHI 2100: Logic

PHI 2630: Contemporary Moral Issues

PHI 3130: Symbolic Logic

PHI 3650: Moral Philosophy

PHI 4662: Ethical Theory

PHM 3202: Political Philosophy

Political Science

CPO3700 – Comparative Law and Courts

POS 2041: American Federal Government

POS 2112: American State and Local Government

POS3233 – Politics and Public Opinion

POS3263 – Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership

POS 3603: American Constitutional Law

POS 3606 : American Civil Liberties

POS4077 – African American Politics and Policy

POS 4424: Legislative Politics

POS 4624: Race, Law, and the Constitution

POS4463 – Interest Group Politics

PUP3002 – Current Controversies in Public Policy


DEP 3053: Developmental Psychology

PSY 2012: General Psychology

SOP 3004: Social Psychology

SOP4842 – Legal Psychology


SYD 3700: Minorities in American Society

SYD 4800: Sociology of Gender

SYG 2000: Principles of Sociology

SYG 2010: Social Problems

SYO 3534: Poverty

SYO 4102: American Families

SYO 4530: Social Inequality

SYP 3510: Deviance

SYD4820 – Men and Masculinities

SYO4530 – Social Inequality

SYP4520 – Criminology

Sports Management

SPM4723 – Legal Issues in Sport

Written & Oral Communication

ENC 1101: Expository and Argumentative Writing

ENC 3465: Writing in the Law

SPC 2300: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

SPC 2351: Listening

SPC 2608: Introduction to Public Speaking

SPC 3513: Argumentation

SPC 3602: Advanced Public Speaking


CGS3065 – Legal and Social Issues in Computing

GEO3611 – Housing, People, and Places in a Spatially Diverse America

MDU4031 – Medicine and the Law

Also, many interesting rotating topics courses can be found under the “Special Topics” heading offered by a variety of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences departments. If you have a specific area of interest in an identified subject matter, these are great courses, usually with low enrollment, that enable you to utilize various academic traits law schools are evaluating.