State By State Requirements to Become a Lawyer

Pre Law Majors

The first step to becoming a lawyer is to get your undergraduate degree. Law schools across the United States that are accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) require that you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree before applying for enrollment. Additionally, you should choose an undergraduate institution that is accredited by a national or regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Most, if not all, ABA-accredited law schools require that your undergraduate degree be from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

While there are no undergraduate majors that are guaranteed to ensure your future success in law school or in your career as an attorney, the ABA suggests that some undergraduate majors lend themselves more readily to law school readiness. These include political science, history, economics, government, philosophy and English. Your undergraduate college or university may employ a pre-law advisor, whose job it is to help you in choosing the best courses, minors and majors to prepare you for future law school success. Check with your school to see if they offer pre-law advisors and/or a pre-law department.

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