The TU Pre-Law Program offers students ample resources to learn about and to prepare for law school and careers in the law. From political science to psychology, 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, 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.
Students should not think of pre-legal education as the pursuit of a particular major, or even of specific, law-related courses. Pre-legal preparation involves the selection of a broad range of rigorous courses that emphasize the following skills:
- Analytical and Problem Solving Skills – Students should seek courses and experiences that challenge their beliefs, engage them in critical thinking about important issues and improve their tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity.
- Critical Reading Skills – Students should gain substantial experience reading complex textual material closely, analytically and critically.
- Writing Skills – Students should engage in rigorous and analytical writing, including comprehensive, in-class essay exams and papers of substantial length.
- Oral Communication and Listening Skills – Students should develop the capacity to speak clearly and persuasively through classroom participation and formal presentations. They should regard lectures and discussions in and out of the classroom as opportunities to develop the ability to understand and contend with competing viewpoints.
- Research Skills – Students should develop the capacity to conduct significant library research and to analyze the large quantity of information obtained from scholarly investigation.