Majors & Pre-Law
Choose A Major That Appeals to YOU
Law schools do not prefer any major course of study over another.
Any major in the College of Arts and Sciences can offer excellent preparation for the study of law. This is because law schools seek students from a wide range of undergraduate majors, and do not recommend any particular major or course of study as a prerequisite for admission. (UNO does not offer a “pre-law” major.)
Law schools emphasize the need for students to cultivate certain skills – such as clarity in written and oral communication, an understanding of human institutions and human nature, and creative and critical thinking – that can be developed in the context of a variety of majors. Pre-law student advisees from majors across the College of Arts and Sciences have been successful in both gaining admission to top law schools and excelling academically once they arrive at law school.
Pre-law students are therefore encouraged to choose a major that suits their intellectual interests. A major that provides an alternative career path may be prudent in case a student decides later not to pursue law school. Students are advised to select courses outside the major that help develop the skills necessary for success in law school and legal careers. Students are invited to contact College of Arts and Sciences faculty in any of several academic areas for more information about specific course selection and preparation for law school.
So - DO NOT choose a major because of how you think law schools will react to it!