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Pre-Law Program

Start your law career at SBU

Do you know what the best majors for law school are? If you are interested in pursuing a law career, the History and Political Science faculty will work with you to provide personalized academic advisement at SBU.

Entrance into law school is based on a combination of a student's grade point average and a student's score on the standardized Law School Admissions Test (LSAT); it is not based on pre-law courses. In fact, the Association of American Law Schools does not recommend any specific pre-law major or undergraduate law degree as the preferred background or preparation for law school. Therefore, we do not designate any specific major or minor for students who anticipate attending law school.

Some of the majors and minors typically chosen by pre-law students are political science, business, history, education, English, and communication, although any challenging area of study would be appropriate.

SBU's history and political science program offers a special pre-law seminar (POL 2101) for students who are planning to go to law school after graduation. This seminar allows students the opportunity for pre-law prep: to take practice LSAT exams, study aspects of the legal profession and receive other vital information regarding entrance into law school. The faculty also offer academic advisement for those students planning toward law school who have not yet selected a major.

Examples of law schools attended by SBU graduates:

  • American University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Baylor University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Harvard University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Virginia
  • Washburn University

The Pre-Law program is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences