In the College of Liberal Arts, pre-law is not a major, but a career goal. Webster’s New World Dictionary describes a lawyer as “a person who has been trained in the law, esp. one whose profession is advising others in matters of law or representing them in lawsuits.”
Most law schools, including the UM School of Law, require a bachelor’s degree before admission. However, neither UM School of Law nor most other law schools require a specific pre-law major. Students who are interested in law school should consider majors requiring significant reading, analyzing, and writing.
Advanced courses in English, history, economics, and philosophy demand substantial reading and writing. Coursework in mathematics and the sciences cultivate the ability to think analytically. Social science courses help students understand others. All of these courses develop valuable skills for would-be lawyers.
Students who are interested in pursuing law school are analytical and possess good communication written and oral skills. They have an interest in helping people and making a positive difference in the world.
*Choose a major which is interesting and challenging to you.
From alumni surveys we know that there are UM graduates currently practicing law who chose majors representing almost every area of study in the college. Political science, English and history were the three majors represented most often among UM graduates who went on to pursue a law degree. This is a highly personal decision and needs to be made taking into account your individual preferences and strengths.
John Czarnetzky, Professor of Law