Course Selection

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE SELECTION FOR PRE-LAW STUDENTS

What should I major in?

• Successful law students come from many different academic backgrounds, and there is no single major that is “best” (or even “better”) in terms of getting admitted to law school. You should major in whatever subject area is interesting and challenging to you. The key is that whatever major you choose, you work as hard as possible to earn the highest grades possible, since your GPA is one of the most important criteria for admission to law school.

What is the most popular undergraduate major for pre-law students?

• Among first-year law students nationwide, political science is the most common undergraduate major, but majoring in poli-sci doesn’t necessarily give those students an advantage over their law school classmates. A hard-working law student who majored in engineering or religion or Spanish is just as likely to do well as a hard-working law student who majored in poli-sci.

Are there particular courses that I should take as an undergrad to be better prepared for law school?

• Yes. Courses that help you develop strong analytical skills, strong writing skills, and strong oral skills are helpful as you prepare for law school. Courses that give you some exposure to legal concepts are also helpful.

• Your academic advisor (if you are a first-year student or a sophomore) or your major advisor (if you are a junior or senior) should be able to direct you towards courses that fit these descriptions.

• Below is a non-exhaustive list of currently offered undergraduate courses that would be good choices for pre-law students.

General
o Introductory Financial Accounting (ACC 111)
o Introduction to Communication & Rhetoric (COM 100)
o Debate & Advocacy (COM 102)
o Public Speaking (COM 110)
o Introduction to Economics (ECN 150)
o Introduction to Critical Reading & Writing (ENG 105)
o Writing Seminar (ENG 111)
o Elementary Probability & Statistics (MTH 109)
o Statistical Methods (MTH 256)
o Basic Problems of Philosophy (PHI 111)
o Logic (PHI 220)
o American Government & Politics (POL 113)
o Introductory Psychology (PSY 151)
o Principles of Sociology (SOC 151)

Law-related
o Freedom of Speech (COM 304)
o Law & Economics (ECN 224)
o Race & the Courts (HST 358)
o History of English Common Law (HST 328)
o American Constitutional History (HST 362)
o Introduction to Philosophy of Law (PHI 165)
o Philosophy of Law (PHI 363)
o American Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers & the Political System (POL 225)
o American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights & Liberties (POL 226)
o Feminist Political Thought (POL 277)
o Politics, Law, & Courts (POL 227)
o Religion & Law (REL 331)
o Sociological Issues in Criminal Justice (SOC 338)
o Sociology of Violence (SOC 339)
o Criminology (SOC 341)
o Juvenile Delinquency (SOC 342)
o Sociology of Law (SOC 343)
o Sociology of White-Collar Crime (SOC)
o Sexuality & the Law (WGS 380)
o Legal Environment of Business (BEM 261)
o Business Law (BEM 362)
ο Child Custody: Research & Issues (HUM 396)

Is there a pre-law major at Wake Forest?

• No. A student who takes full advantage of the excellent liberal arts curriculum Wake Forest offers is more than adequately prepared for success in law school.

• Wake does offer a new Concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice through the Sociology Department. Click here for details about this program.