Missouri State University

Recommended Coursework for Pre-Law Students

According to the American Bar Association, there are no recommended undergraduate majors or groups of courses designated as “pre-law” education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. However, if you are considering entering a law school and pursuing a legal career, you are encouraged to take an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills.

An excellent way to prepare for a legal education is to take a broad range of difficult courses that develop the following core skills and values and provide a broad understanding of the following areas of study.

Core skills and values

  • Analytic/problem solving skills
  • Critical reading
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication/listening abilities
  • General research skills
  • Task organization/management skills
  • Public service and promotion of justice

General knowledge

  • History and the development of American society
  • Political thought and the contemporary American political system
  • Mathematics for financial and evidentiary analysis
  • Human behavior and social interaction
  • International institutions, world events and globalization