Pre-Law

There is no academic degree offered in Pre-Law at UW-River Falls. Most Universities no longer offer a degree program culminating in a major called "pre-law." The reason for this is that Law Schools do require a B.S. or B.A. degree, but they do not require any particular course of study for admittance into their programs. Pursuing pre-law is a signal of a career aspiration, rather than a specific academic major.

According to the Association of American Law Schools, preparation for entry into law school calls for the development of certain intellectual skills. These skills include:

  • The development of basic skills, particularly in the use of language
  • A strenuous effort to improve one's capacity for critical thinking
  • The acquiring of a broad liberal arts background.

Because the law operates through the written and spoken word, the skill most central to success as both an undergraduate and a law school student is the ability to use the English language competently. A student thinking about pursuing a legal career also needs to develop the capacity to think logically and critically. Virtually any approved academic course of study, if pursued rigorously and diligently, should equip a student with these skills.

Students who enter UW-River Falls with the intent of pursuing a legal education upon graduation must choose an academic major from among the programs offered. The University pre-law advisor assists an incoming student in determining what program of study that best suits his or her needs. She also is available to answer questions regarding law school for any student on campus regardless of major. Finally, she will work closely with students who do choose to apply to law school to make sure that all the necessary materials they need are readily available and to guide them through the application process.

Information and application material for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) is available in the Political Science Department, 356 KFA.

Additional information can be accessed via Law Serviceslink

Additional web sites of interest to those considering law school include the following:

List of ABA accredited Law Schoolslink

Association of American Law Schoolslink

National Association for Law Placementlink

Information regarding short course preparation for the LSAT Exam is available via LighthouseReview, Inclink This is not an endorsement of their program, it is simply meant to provide information regarding a service you may or may not want to utilize.

For additional information, or to set up an appointment, contact the Political Science Department at (715) 425-3318.