Classes and Majors
While law schools admit students from nearly every undergraduate major, three fields of study at WSU offer pre-law tracks: history, philosophy, and political science. These pre-law undergraduate major options do not necessarily give students an advantage in applying to law school, but they may be of interest to students considering a career in law.
Regardless of your major, there are a number of courses offered at WSU that are likely to be of interest to pre-law students and/or help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school.
Business Law 210: Law and the Legal Environment of Business
Communication 415: Media Law
Criminal Justice 320: Criminal Law
Criminal Justice 365: Juvenile Justice and Corrections
Criminal Justice 380: Criminal Courts in America
Criminal Justice 420: Criminal Procedure
English 201: Writing and Research
English 255: English Grammar
English 360: Principles of Rhetoric
English 364: Legal Writing
History 410: History of American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Indian Law
Philosophy 103: Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy 200: Writing and Reasoning
Philosophy 201: Elementary Logic
Philosophy 470: Philosophy of Law
Political Science 300: The American Constitution
Political Science 301: Political Simulations/Mock Trial
Political Science 402: Civil Liberties
Political Science 404: The Judicial Process
Sociology 360: Social Deviance
Sociology 361: Criminology
Sociology 362: Juvenile Delinquency
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Law schools welcome undergraduates of all majors. To be a successful law school student, you should have strong analytical and writing skills – undergraduate training in a specific discipline is not required. That said, some popular majors among WSU students pursuing law school are business, communication, criminal justice, English, history, political science, and philosophy. At WSU, three of these majors (history, philosophy, and political science) offer pre-law tracks.
In general, you should choose a major that interests you. Doing so increases the likelihood that you will do well in your classes, which in turn will increase your chances of getting into the law schools of your choice.