Law schools do not require a particular major or even specific courses. A pre-law student should take a rigorous range of courses and should select a major based on interest in and commitment to the subject. Regardless of major, choose courses that will aid your success in law school and in legal practice.
Keep in mind the advice of the Law School Admission Council, “Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills.”
Your record in law school and your later success in the legal world will partly depend on how well you research, write, and speak. Choose courses that will strengthen your abilities in oral and written communications. At Sewanee, you will find a great number of courses across various departments that help you meet this goal.
To help develop your writing skills, take courses that have many opportunities for writing assignments. Quite simply, the more you write, the better you will write. For example, courses in English, History, Philosophy, Politics, and other departments where reading, and thus writing, is dominant will give you ample opportunity to practice your writing skills.
In the legal profession, whether in courtrooms or in meetings with clients, oral communication of difficult information is essential. As such, you should take courses that give you a chance to practice your speaking skills. Many Sewanee courses have a strong in-class discussion component, and, for example, our array of Constitutional Law courses in the Politics department have a moot court simulation, in which students assume the role of counsel and justices in oral arguments. Of course, Theatre courses offer a fun way to hone your oratorical talents!
A common complaint is that law school graduates do poorly situating clients’ legal problems in a larger business context. Consider using resources at Sewanee, like the Babson Center for Global Commerce, to acquaint yourself with economic and business issues that intersect with the law.