V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional
courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both
the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning
liberal arts education is an ideal way to prepare for the professional
study of law. LS&A students should acquire the skills that
enable critical thinking, logical reasoning, and effective writing
by pursuing a balanced and challenging undergraduate program.
serious shortcomings hamper many students who come to the study
of law. The first is inability to write or speak clearly and
correctly. The second is difficulty in thinking for themselves,
attaining exactness of thought, and making valid analytical comparisons
and differentiations. LS&A students should try to avoid these
shortcomings by (1) studying and mastering English prose composition
and exposition, and the use of English in speaking; and (2) taking
courses which demand precise thinking and close reading.
are no prerequisite courses and there is no required concentration
for entering law school. A prospective law student, above all,
should take courses in any subject which will be personally interesting,
intellectually challenging, and which will help provide an understanding
of the nature and aspirations of American society.
students should view the pre-law website and schedule an appointment
with a pre-professional advisor in the Academic Advising Center
and visit the Office of Career Planning and Placement for information
about the legal profession.
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