There is no single major that will prepare you for law school. Valpo pre-law students major in everything from history and English to art, education, and computer science. Choose a major that will be challenging, enjoyable, and will allow you to achieve competitive grades. However, good pre-law training includes a fundamental understanding of political thought and awareness of the modern American political system. For that reason, many students major in political science. In fact, two-thirds of political science majors do attend law school. No matter which major is decided upon, being a pre-law student at Valpo involves rigorous academic training, which will prepare you for the challenges of law school and a fulfilling career serving in the area of justice.
The combination of rigorous academic work has prepared many of the University’s graduates for acceptance into law schools across the country, including IU-Bloomington, Notre Dame, University of Maryland, American University, Loyola – Chicago, Loyola- New Orleans, New England, Samford, UIC John Marshall, Chicago-Kent, DePaul, plus many more.
Political Sciences Courses:
- POLS 170: Field of Law
- POLS 120: The Government of the United States
- POLS 271: The Judicial Process
- POLS 150: International Relations
- POLS 371/372: Constitutional Law
- These courses can be supplemented with offerings from other colleges and departments including Business Law, Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking, Criminology, and Intellectual Property, among others.
Courses that stress analytic and problem solving skills, critical reading skills, writing skills, oral communication and listening, general research skills, and organizational/management skills will be among the most valuable in preparing you for law school.
A legal internship will likely help you evaluate whether a legal career is a good fit for your strengths and interests. It is hard to know whether you would enjoy any profession without seeing what professionals in that field do on a day-to-day basis. A legal internship would give you access to a legal environment, and ideally, by the end of the internship, you would have a better idea whether or not law school is the right choice for you. If you do decide to attend law school, previous legal internships can often help you form professional connections that could benefit you in your future legal career.
Many pre-law students become leaders in these campus organizations as well as in the many other organizations dedicated to working for social justice. The Career Center also offers graduate/professional school fairs in order to interact with law school admissions representatives, and hosts legal career panels.
- Pre-Law Society
- Student Senate
- College Democrats
- College Republicans
Seek guidance on the law school admissions process, including the LSAT, timelines, and applications.
James Old, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences, Rm. 325