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.
Washington University School of Law, a top-20 U.S. law school, offers an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree through the innovative @WashULaw platform. The MLS is a one-year graduate degree in law designed for non-lawyers. The degree provides students with the legal acumen needed to advance their careers in a wide variety of professions — from business and finance to health care. No GRE or LSAT required, Bachelor's Required. Request Information.
Rasmussen College offers online Paralegal Associate's Degree and Post-Degree Certificate programs designed to give you the skills you need to provide expert legal support services, while preparing you for the CLA/CP Exam. Find out more about earning an Associate's Degree or Post-Degree Certificate online through Rasmussen College.
Pepperdine School of Law is ranked No. 1 in dispute resolution. The new online Master of Legal Studies program helps nonlawyers build essential legal skills needed to work with compliance, contracts, advocacy, and other law-related areas. No LSAT or GRE scores are required to apply, Bachelor's Required. Request Information.
American University's online Master of Legal Studies equips students with fundamental legal training and industry-specific knowledge. Students attend online classes and an in-person immersion in Washington, D.C. Complete in as few as 15 months. No GRE or LSAT required, Bachelor's Required. Request Information.
Hofstra University offers an online M.A in American Legal Studies designed for U.S. students pursuing careers that require practical knowledge of American law and an online Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law designed for international lawyers who can benefit from deeper knowledge of the U.S. legal system.
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