What are the college majors that will lead to law school and careers in the law? The short answer is that ANY major can lead to law school or a career connected to law. Law schools do not require particular courses or majors in the manner that medical schools do.
Certain academic disciplines include courses that are more closely connected to the courses that one may take in law school. There are four specializations at UT-Arlington that are designated as pre law majors or concentrations: history pre-law, political science pre-law, criminal justice, and philosophy pre-law. Click one of the links below to access the degree plans for those areas. Please bear in mind, however, that the forms on the website are only general samples. Students will need to see the academic advisor within each major to work out a specific course of study and to schedule particular specializations within the major.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (Pre-Law Option)
The American Bar Association notes that students may focus their undergraduate studies in less traditionally pre law subjects, such as “art, music, science, mathematics, computer science, nursing,or education. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.” Please see the ABA website for additional details.
Faculty in many fields at UTA are interested in legal topics in their teaching and research. The Pre-Law Center’s advisors would be glad to set up a course plan with you to maximize your exposure to courses that may be helpful to you in law study, after you have consulted with an academic advisor in your major.
The Pre-Law Center refers you to courses such as:
Getting in to law school: there IS a magic formula!
Which law schools do UT-Arlington students attend?
UTA Pre-Law students recently have been admitted to, attended, and graduated from law schools including:
Baylor Law School, Cornell Law School, Creighton University School of Law, DePaul University School of Law, Faulkner University-Jones School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Liberty University School of Law, Marquette Law School, Michigan State Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, Southern Methodist University Dedman Law School, South Texas College of Law, St. Mary's Law School, Texas Tech University Law School, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, the University of Houston Law Center, the University of Idaho School of Law, the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Oklahoma School of Law, the University of Texas-Austin School of Law, the University of Tulsa School of Law, the University of Wisconsin at Madison Law School
Pre-Law minors Andre Raymond (red shirt/silver tie, History) and Davinder Jassal (white shirt/dark blue tie, Criminal Justice) have competed in Moot Court competitions throughout Texas against students from schools such as Texas Christian University, Howard Payne University, Baylor University, and the Air Force Academy.
On October 15, 2012, students chatted with Mr. Doug Thurman and Professor Sahar Aziz of Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Professor Aziz, an expert on human rights law and democracy in Egypt, graduated from UTA.
UTA students Carolyn Ruiz and Davinder Jassal promoted the Pre-Law Center at the university's transfer orientation. Competing for UTA's Moot Court team in a national qualifying meet at Texas Tech School of Law, Ruiz and Jassal advanced to the Round of 16 in their first attempt at this form of debate.
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