Since law schools don't require any particular major for admission requirements, the main guide to your course study at the College should be your own interests and talents. If you have a particular interest in a communication major, a pre-law concentration is available for that major. As you choose your undergraduate courses at St. Scholastica, keep the following goals in mind:
First, a lawyer must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and on paper. In a real sense, words are the tools of the lawyer's trade. Any course in which you will be required to commit ideas or research to memory for speech-making or to writing for rigorous criticism by a faculty member is a course which will prepare you for law school. Computer literacy and word processing ability are essential in the legal profession.
Second, the prospective law student needs a critical understanding of human institutions and values. Here topics such as economics, philosophy, psychology, sociology and history should come to mind. Courses in these areas will provide you with an understanding of the place of law in society. They may also help you assess your interest in the law as a profession.
Finally, a lawyer must be able to reach decisions through creative critical thinking and deductive reasoning. Courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, logic, philosophy, and economic and sociological theory, among others, help develop these analytic abilities.
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