Pre-professional Law

Pre-Law

According to the Association of American Law Schools, preparation for entry into law school calls for 

  1. the development of basic skills, particularly in the use of language; 
  2. a strenuous effort to improve one's capacity for critical thinking; and 
  3. the acquiring of a broad liberal arts background. 

The skill most basic to success both as an undergraduate student and as a law school student is the ability to competently use the English language in both written and oral form. In addition students need to be concerned with developing the capacity to think logically and to critically evaluate the knowledge gained through their courses of study.

Admission to Law School does not call for a particular major field or specific list of courses beyond those required by the University for the undergraduate degree. Consequently, there is no pre-law major at UW-River Falls. Students planning on a legal career should think of their undergraduate studies as preparation toward a goal rather than a prescribed set of courses.

The pre-law advisor's office (Political Science Department) is available to all students on the UW-River Falls campus who have questions regarding law school. The adviser works closely with those who do choose to apply to law school, to make sure that all the necessary materials are readily available to them and that they understand the application process.

Political Science Department Pre-Law page