If you are considering applying to law school, or taking the LSAT, you may be wondering what college courses you should take in order to prepare for these two. In order to appeal to admissions officers, you should display that you have challenged yourself with a thorough, comprehensive course of study–specifically, one that will help you meet the challenges of law school.
What College Classes will prepare me for Law School?
Before you start stressing about taking extra classes, it is important to note that law schools do not require applicants to obtain a specific major. Therefore, it is not required to have a pre-law educational background. In fact, a pre-law educational background can sometimes be boring! It is not a bad idea to shake it up!
Even though law schools are not looking for one specific educational background, there are certain courses that you could take in order to successfully prepare for the intensive reading, writing, and critical thinking that law school requires.
Taking challenging courses will make admission officers look approvingly upon your transcript. They will also prepare you and prove to put you at an advantage when you begin law school.
Since law school provides students with rigorous coursework, courses the help students develop strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and reasoning skills are advisable. Courses pertaining to the law and in relationship to other disciplines are also suggested. Additionally, law school requires students to be able to effectively communicate, so classes that focus on developing effective oral communication are recommended. Here are a few courses suggested to develop these skills:
These college classes will truly develop the critical thinking you will need for the LSAT as well as law school:
- Critical Thinking
These college classes will prepare you for law school by giving you more perspective on the world:
- Political Science (This is a very common pre-law major)
These will help your writing and speaking skills:
- Communications and Acting classes (there are a surprising amount of actors in law school!)
- Any language (Spanish, French, Arabic, etc.)
It is also not a bad idea to add diversity into your college class schedule — take music classes or something that will show you have interests outside of just law!
Remember, that most universities warn students against overemphasizing law-related courses in their under graduating training, so it’s not necessary to narrow your classes to law-related classes. This does not make for a well-rounded student!
Keep your GPA in mind! Also, remember that the two most important and essential components of your law school application are your GPA and LSAT score. So when you are taking college classes, make sure they are challenging but not so challenging or overwhelming that they kill your GPA! Your GPA will often be more important than any class schedule.
It is also recommended, to join any pre-law society, and pre-law clubs that are provided by your university. Attending these meetings will help provide you with opportunities to develop relationships, strong organization, and communication skills. Many pre-law clubs also have speakers and programs designed to help you improve your prospects for success in getting into law school.
There is no need to feel stressed about this process, but if you find yourself confused or lost, we are happy to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience.
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