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Pre-Law at Calvin: Choosing a Major

Since Pre-Law is a specialization, rather than a specific major or minor couse of study, students should consider some basic information about both their skills and interests, as well as fields of study which are generally applicable to the practice of law.

The American Bar Association (ABA) advises students to:

  • select a major that fulfills their intellectual interests
  • seek out difficult courses and demanding professors
  • take courses that develop core skills of writing, analyzing, problem-solving, researching, organizing, communicating, and listening
  • develop a broad knowledge of history (especially American history), political theory, ethical theory and justice, economics, basic mathematics, human behavior, and diverse cultures

Common majors selected by pre-law students:

The most common pre-law majors are political science, international relations, business, philosophy, psychology, economics, history and English, but law schools admit students from a wide variety of majors. For example, current Calvin College pre-law students represent more than 32 different majors and minors, and between 1996-2005, the University of Michigan Law School accepted students from 74 different undergraduate majors.