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Pre-Law Courses

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Useful courses

Boston College doesn't offer a specific pre-law program of studies nor require specific courses for students planning on attending law school. Moreover, law school admissions officers have informed us that no one major is any more attractive of gaining admission than another and since legal careers cover all fields, they recommend only that students pursue challenging courses in an area of interest to them. They also suggest that applicants include in their undergraduate program, upper-level courses in areas other than their major, as well as writing-intensive (not necessarily English) courses. Instructors in these courses could provide beneficial law school references, since they can comment directly on specific examples of the student's analytical and writing abilities. With this in mind, BC does offer a variety of law-related courses (below) that may be useful for students considering law school.

Useful skills

In addition to analytical and writing skills there are a variety of abilities that pre-law students might develop more fully. These include analytical thinking; public speaking and debating; the study of Latin, which helps train students in structured memorization and expand their familiarity with the legal principles which are expressed in Latin; and the principles of accounting and finance, which define the concepts of property on which most of civil law is based.  

Substantive areas of law and legal reasoning

There are a variety of courses that focus on specific substantive areas of law and legal reasoning. These include topics from Ethics and Constitutional Law, to Advertising Law and Federal Taxation.

Courses about law and the legal system

There are also courses that analyze law, the legal system, legal problems, and the legal profession from philosophical and social science perspectives. These can contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of what the law actually does and how it behaves, and can be useful in placing law in a larger social and human context.

Once again, none of the courses in the above categories are more impressive to an admission committee than any other challenging course in the curriculum, however, the courses most frequently chosen by undergraduates interested in law school are: "American Constitutional Law" (Political Science), and "Logic" (Philosophy).