Contrary to many assumptions about law school, there is no prescribed major to ensure that you will be a successful law school applicant or student. Many law schools are seeking students from a variety of majors who demonstrate stellar skills in analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, written and oral communication, and advocacy. In other words, there is no single “best” route to law school — other than successfully obtaining a sound liberal arts education. Because there is no “best” major for pre-law, you should:
- Choose to concentrate in a discipline which holds genuine interest for you and in which you will be motivated to produce your best work.
- Seek breadth in your undergraduate program keeping in mind the need to hone your writing skills and your abilities of logical analysis.
Regardless of what major you choose, keep in that the spoken and written word are the principal tools of the legal profession. If you intend to study law, you must develop an excellent knowledge and grasp of the English language as well as a clear and concise style of expression. Seek out courses, in whatever departments, which require substantial writing assignments and provide a thorough critique of your efforts. Similarly, take courses that help to develop your critical thinking and analytical skills, logical reasoning skills and evidence-based argumentation skills.