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Why Study Pre-Law?

Interested in attending law school? UWRF offers a pre-professional route for students interested in attending law school after earning a bachelor’s degree. Most law schools don’t require a particular course of study for admittance into their programs, however, pursuing pre-law is a strong signal of a career aspiration rather than a specific academic major.

Political science, criminology, international studies and English are popular majors for students planning to attend law school. UWRF offers pre-law advising for interested students, with advisers who will assist you in course selection and work closely with you as you apply to law school.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences in a variety of formats, including written and oral communications.
  • Sharpen and expand your critical thinking skills.
  • Critically evaluate knowledge.


Types of Courses

Depending on the major you choose, your courses will look different! Pre-law students should plan to focus on courses that will develop skills critical for law school, while also pursuing or expanding their interests. Foundational skills include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical reading
  • Communication – writing, editing, oral communication and listening
  • Research methods and skills
  • Organization and management
  • Relationship building and collaboration
  • Public service and promotion of justice

We have dedicated advising for students interested in pre-law. We’ll sit down with you and discuss your educational and career goals and work together to develop a plan for your undergraduate work. We also work closely with students as they apply to law school, so you’ll feel supported and prepared every step of the way.

Potential Careers

Law school graduates have lots of options. Future roles could include:

  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Investigator/Government Agent
  • Judge
  • Professor/Instructor