The American Bar Association does not recommend a particular major, and there is no specific major which law schools prefer. Therefore, you should major in something that will help you develop skills which will be of value to you as a law student and legal practitioner such as reading, writing, researching and critical thinking. Perhaps of more importance, is selecting a major which is of interest to you. This is important because such a major will yield a higher grade point average, which is of critical importance in the law school admission process.
While not specifying a major, the American Bar Association does encourage students to take courses which will assist them in preparing for the law school curriculum. According to the ABA’s statement on “Preparation for a Legal Education”, future law school students should possess:
- A broad understanding of history, particularly American history, and the various factors (social, political, economic and cultural) that have influenced the development of the pluralistic society that presently exists in the US;
- A fundamental understanding of political thought and theory, and of the contemporary American political system;
- A basic understanding of ethical theory and theories of justice;
- A grounding in economics, particularly elementary micro-economic theory, and an understanding of the interaction between economic theory and public policy;
- Some basic mathematical and financial skills, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data;
- A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction;
- An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the US, of international institutions and issues, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world.
Wesleyan students who have successfully gained admission to law school have completed the following courses: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, two history courses, Classical Political Theory, Modern Political Theory, Constitutional Law, and two philosophy courses including Logic.
The American Bar Association is available on-line at www.abanet.org.