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What major should I choose?

“The ABA (American Bar Association) does not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses to prepare for a legal education. Students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. You may choose to major in subjects that are considered to be traditional preparation for law school, such as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics or business, or you may focus your undergraduate studies in areas as diverse as art, music, science and mathematics, computer science, engineering, nursing or education. Whatever major you select, you are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges you, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education.”

From ABA, Preparing for Law School

In short, law schools do not have any preferred majors. You should select the major that is most interesting to you and work hard within your chosen field. Law schools care more about the rigor of your undergraduate education and your success in that field than they do the major that you select. 

Use MajorQuest to explore the possibilities here at Penn State. Make sure that you work with your academic adviser to focus on your reading and writing skills, particularly if you are in a technical major.

Katherine E. Garren, J.D.
Pre-Law Adviser
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
101 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: keg146@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-7576
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