Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
The 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 and Placement.
A strong 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.
Two 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) participating in extracurricular activities, student organizations, and courses stressing group interaction and leadership responsibilities; and (2) taking courses which demand precise thinking and close reading.
There 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.
Interested 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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