Prepare to Apply: Consider Courses and Activities
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If you plan to apply to law school, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to strengthen your application and make yourself an attractive candidate. Here are some strategies.
Choosing a Major
Law schools are interested in candidates from every discipline. Choose courses that will develop your analytical and writing skills as part of a broad liberal arts background, and choose a major from any area that interests you, including business, education, and healthcare. It is your performance, much more than the specific courses you have taken, that will determine your attractiveness as a law school applicant.
With this in mind however, Boston College does offer a variety of law-related courses that may be useful for students considering law school, even if they do not provide any direct advantage in gaining admission.
These fall into three broad categories:
Skills Useful for Law School
In addition to analytical and writing skills, pre-law students benefit from developing their skills in analytical thinking, public speaking, debating, Latin, accounting, and finance.
CO 030 Public Speaking
CO 105 Elements of Debate
CO 375 Argumentation Theory
CO 500 Debate Practicum
CL 010 Elementary Latin
EN 412 Writing Workshop
MA 021 Financial Accounting
MA 022 Managerial Accounting
MF 021 Basic Finance
PL 264 Logic
PL 577 Symbolic Logic: Theory and Practices
Substantive Areas of Law and Legal Reasoning
If you want to know whether you will find the practice of law interesting, exposure to one or two substantive law courses can be helpful in making your decision.
IN 521 International Law
MA 405 Federal Taxation
MJ 021 Law I - Introduction to Law and Legal Process
MJ 022 Law II - Business Law
MJ 147 Constitutional Law
PO 521 International Law
MJ 152 Labor and Employment Law
MJ 154 Insurance
MJ 156 Real Estate
MJ 603 Cyberlaw for Business
MJ 631 African Business
MJ 674 Sports Law
MJ 803 Topics: Law for CPAs S/Sum
UN 256 Environmental Law and Policy
PO 386 Civil Liberties
Courses about Law and the Legal System
The courses described here can make you a stronger law school applicant by improving your skills and enhancing your understanding of the law and how it works.
CO 249 Communication Law
CO 263 Media, Law, and Society
EC 338 Law and Economics
EC 353 Industrial Organization: Competition and Antitrust
HP 274 What Is Law?
IN 504 Seminar: Ethics in International Studies
IN 600 Ethics, Religion and International Politics
MJ 102 Law and Ethics
PL 160 The Challenge of Justice
PL 261 Telling Truth I: Writing for the Cause of Justice
PL 377 Ethical Theory
SC 030 Deviance and Social Control
SC 144 Legal and Illegal Violence Against Women
PL 500 Philosophy of Law
For more information about choosing courses that will help you prepare for law school, please visit the Document Library in EagleLink.
Participating in Activities and Internships
Over time, get more deeply involved in fewer extracurricular activities. Take opportunities to lead. Research projects, public interest programs, and business experiences are all valuable in building your skills and reflecting an engaged, problem-solving attitude.
For more information about preparing for law school, see the American Bar Association’s pre-law page.