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What should I major in?

Law schools do not require or expect a particular undergraduate degree program but majors in the College of Arts & Sciences provide law school applicants with the necessary skills to be successful in law school and in legal careers. In the class of 2016 at the University of Kentucky College of Law, four of the most popular majors were all majors available in College of Arts & Sciences.

Students graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences go on to attend schools such as UK Law, Emory University School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, and Washington University School of Law.

What should I do to prepare?

While a broad, liberal arts education is generally considered to be an excellent preparation for law school, no fixed, comprehensive pre-law curriculum is prescribed by any American law school. In general, pre-law students should:

  • develop rigorous study habits;
  • become skilled in clear and logical communication; and
  • select courses that enhance critical reading, writing, and analytical skills.


Pre-Law Resources for Students:

Pre-Law Timeline (PDF) 

Law School Application Checklist (PDF)  

Classics Courses for Pre-Law Students (PDF)

Sociology Courses for Pre-Law Students (PDF) 

Philosophy Courses for Pre-Law Students (PDF)


Have more questions?

A&S advisors are well-versed in law school application requirements and can be your source for advising in your academic major and throughout the law school application process. 

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