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Legal education programs do not recommend any undergraduate majors or group of courses as prerequisites. Students can be admitted to law school without any specific major! At UNCW, we encourage students to choose a major that will challenge you and reflect your interests so that you can excel academically. Oftentimes, taking a broad range of difficult courses can be the best preparation for law school.

According to the Statement on Pre-Law Preparation by the Pre-Law Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the following are important skills and values that can provide a solid foundation for law school coursework:

  • Analytic/Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication/Listening Abilities
  • General Research Skills
  • Task Organization/Management Skills
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice

The following courses at UNCW may provide knowledge or skills that will be useful for law school and admissions tests.

Skills Useful for Law School

  • ACG 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACG 203: Managerial Accounting
  • ACG 301: External Financial Reporting
  • COM 101: Public Speaking
  • COM 257: Argumentation and Debate
  • ECN 221: Principles of Economics: Micro
  • ECN 222: Principles of Economics: Macro
  • LAT 101: Introductory Latin
  • PAR 110: Introduction to Logic
  • PAR 218: Symbolic Logic

Courses about Law, the Legal System, and Reasoning

  • BLA 261: Law and Society
  • BLA 362: Environmental Law
  • COM 250: Introduction to Political Communication
  • PAR 115: Introduction to Ethics
  • PAR 310: Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence
  • PED 379: Sport, Physical Activity and the Law
  • PLS 101: American National Government
  • PLS 220: Introduction to International Relations
  • PLS 300: American Constitutional Law I
  • PLS 301: American Constitutional Law II
  • PLS 305: The Constitution and the Criminal Justice System
  • PLS 329: Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy
  • PLS 495: National Security Law

Pre-Professional Programs can assist you in identifiying University Studies requirements, additional coursework, programs, and opportunities that can foster these skills and values. Browse our online resources or contact your Pre-Professional Programs advisor for more information.