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Pre-Legal Education

A broad, general education is usually considered better preparation for the study of law than specialized study in subjects closely related to law. Prospective law students should strive to acquire the ability to communicate ideas with precision, both orally and in writing, to gain understanding of human values and institutions, and to develop the ability to think critically and creatively. It is recommended that students take courses in both basic accounting and economics prior to entering law school. Other helpful courses include those that strengthen the student's ability to use proper grammar and sentence construction in both written and spoken communication. Applicants should have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to the time of registration.

For additional information on pre-law study, see the current Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools, prepared by the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools. This book includes material on the law and lawyers, together with individualized information on most American law schools. It may be obtained at college bookstores, ordered from the Law School Admission Council, or accessed online at the LSAC website: