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Pre-law at UMD
Students may declare themselves as pre-law to inform CLA of their intention to pursue law school and be advised appropriately. When students reach 45 credits they will declare their major. The pre-law program at UMD is housed within the Political Science Department.
Admission to law school requires a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or its equivalent. Well-balanced Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration programs are accepted as the equivalent of the B.A. degree by most law schools.
Although law schools do not recommend any particular major any current CLA major will provide potential pre-law students with a well-rounded education. Students are advised to plan a broad undergraduate degree. See an example of a sample plan below. Electives should be chosen in areas outside the major field to develop and demonstrate multiple competencies in varying subjects and methods.
Whatever the specialty, a professional career in law requires the communication of ideas and information through words. Success in law school, as well as in subsequent professional practice, depends to a great extent on the capacity for effective writing and speaking. Therefore, students are encouraged to take courses that require considerable reading, writing, and independent thinking, and they should develop through coursework or activities their capacity for expressing themselves verbally.