Pre-law advising offers guidance and specialized curriculum planning for future lawyers. Students who wish to prepare for the graduate study of law are best served by combining a liberal arts major with individualized help from a pre-law advisor and an organized program of study for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). Law schools and legal employers do not look for students with a specialized pre-law background. On the contrary, they recognize students who have broadly prepared themselves to think on their feet, read and understand challenging material in any discipline, and demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills. Particularly useful pre-law majors include English, Philosophy, and History and Political Science, but any challenging course of study can prepare a student for a career in the law.
A short list of courses that should be taken by all pre-law students includes PSC 431 Constitutional Law. Certain other Warren Wilson College courses may be particularly helpful for pre-law students, depending on the type of legal field they wish to enter. A pre-law advisor can provide students with lists of courses that provide useful backgrounds for legal careers that emphasize Social Justice, Environmental Law, Business Law, and Government and International Relations.