What should I major in as a Pre-Law student?

As a student in the Pre-Law program you can major in anything from Business, Psychology and Communications to Biblical Studies, Children, Youth & Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. There is no specific Pre-Law major at Trinity, nor at any other colleges or universities across the country. In fact, the American Bar Association recommends that instead of focusing on a specific major, students pursue a course of study that is challenging and interesting and that also develops research, writing and critical thinking skills.

Depending on the path you choose in your legal career, some areas may require for you to have expertise beyond the law. In this case, it would be more beneficial for you to choose a major that would prepare you for such specific legal paths. Below are some examples of majors that you might choose if you are interested in a specific legal career path.

  • Children, Youth and Family Studies: Pre-Law students wanting to practice family law or domestic violence law benefit greatly by courses taught in the CYFS department
  • Biblical Studies and Intercultural minor:  Courses in this major prepare Pre-Law students wanting to be missionaries with a legal approach to service in civil or human rights, or even help the church with possible legal issues
  • Communications: Many of the courses taught in the Communications department teach necessary skills required of attorneys and serve well for a Pre-Law student wanting to represent her/his community in Congress or any law field chosen
  • Early Childhood Education: Pre-Law students wanting to serve as child advocates for organizations such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) or orphanages choose to major in ECE
  • Business, Leadership and Management: Business greatly prepares Pre-Law students wanting to practice Corporate Law
  • Psychology: For Pre-Law students wanting to go into trial and criminal law a Psychology major prepares you with skills such as reading juries and negotiating skills

As law schools typically do not look for specific majors in their applicant undergraduate studies it is important that you choose a major that will both challenge and interest you. Ultimately law schools measure your abilities through your GPA and LSAT scores.