The Pre-Law Program is designed to assist those students who have interests in pursuing a legal career with planning their coursework, arranging legal apprenticeships and preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
All law schools require that their applicants have a bachelor’s degree, but most do not specify a certain major, minor or program of study. These schools stress breadth of preparation rather than narrow focus on one or two areas of study, and they strongly urge their applicants to have a wide range of involvement in campus activities from athletics to music to student government.
Law schools expect a high undergraduate GPA and value volunteer or apprentice work in a law office. All law school applicants are required to submit their LSAT scores when they apply. Most students take the test late in their junior year and apply and interview during their final undergraduate year.
- General Education (54-55 units)
- Normally completed during the first two years of attendance.
- Completion of any approved major.
- No specific courses required, but students should select courses from a variety of fields that will best prepare them for the LSAT toward the end of their junior year.
- Students are advised to take additional writing and speaking courses, to possess basic computer skills, to become involved in on-campus activities, and to do volunteer/apprentice work in a law firm.
For questions regarding the Pre-Law Program, please contact the Director, Dr. Daniel van Voorhis, at [email protected] or (949) 214-3322.
Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this program and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your program. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.