A pre-law degree
degree which would allow someone to enroll for law school
. The utility of these programs of study is by no means set.
All ABA law schools require at least a bachelors degree for North American students. Therefore, it is not a major, but any set of courses within any bachelors degree program (whether required as part of a major or elective) which prepare one for law school. In addition to the specific college's requirements, there are also standard requirements set forth by the American Bar Association
and the Law School Admission Council.
A pre-law program is offered at some American colleges and universities; however, it is considered to be a "track" that follows a certain curriculum. Most pre-law students major in the social sciences, such as philosophy, political science, or sociology, though this is not a requirement.
Typical outline that must be taken to meet the pre-law requirement:
Writing and Speaking Skills:
- English Composition
Problem Solving Skills:
- Calculus 1 & 2
Understanding Human Behavior:
Topics Related To Law:
- Political Science
Pre-law students may be advised or required to take upper level political science and sociology electives, such as legal systems, criminal law, international law, Policy, etc. Specific requirements for these courses vary by institution.