Law school teaches a unique way of seeing the world. It gives you a perspective that then allows you to answer a certain type of question. As a result, unlike graduate school or medical school, there is no information you need before you enter law school. You need skills that can be learned: critical thinking and reading comprehension. If you have those skills then any law school can prepare you to be a lawyer.
Notice that LSAT (the law school entrance exam) stands for LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST. It is not designed to measure your aptitude to do something. It tries to measure how well you have developed the skill to read and think critically.
Note that, recent HC graduates who have gone or been accepted to Law School have majored in such diverse areas as Political Science, English, History, Psychology and Sociology. But any other major will work as well to prepare you for Law School.
Here is a list of courses we have developed that we think will help you, many of which also fulfill the LAP requirements or are electives or required courses for specific majors. Take them if you find them interesting, but keep in mind you do not have to take any specific courses.
- English: Eng 100: Freshman Composition
- Eng 200: Literature of the Western World
- Communication Studies: Com 100: Public Speaking;
- Com 241: Interpersonal Communication
- History: His 251: U.S. History to 1865
- Religion: Rel 225: Hebrew Bible
- Political Science: PLS 150: Introduction to Political Science
- Sociology and Psychology: SSC 130: Social Psychology
More Advanced Courses:
- ACC 100: Financial Accounting (many law schools require an accounting course that may be skipped if taken as an undergraduate)
- COM 201: Leadership and Small Group Communication
- COM 241: Interpersonal Communication
- COM 314: Argumentation and Debate
- COM 333: Intercultural Communication
- ENG 344: Writing Literary Criticism
- ENG 383: Advanced Composition (in junior or senior year)
- HIS 251 and 253: The American History Sequence
- PHL 104: Ethics
- PHL 204: Logic
- PLS 203: Public Policy Analysis
- PSY 170: Developmental Psychology
- SOC 101: Introduction to Justice