Pre-professional programs require appropriate major and completion of other recommended courses. Pre-professional students are advised to take a broad, general education program to gain background in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Most professional schools do not require a specific undergraduate major, although many applicants elect a history, political science or economics major because of the entrance requirements of law schools.

Law School Admission

Pre-law students are advised to take a broad, general education program that includes study of the humanities, social science and natural sciences. Law schools require no particular major, although extensive work in history, political science or economics is strongly recommended. Competence in the skills of accounting, statistics, oral communication and writing will greatly aid students in both their Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and study in law school.

Admission to most law schools is based primarily on demonstrated ability determined by the college grade point average plus placement on the LSAT. Inasmuch as most law schools have many more applicants for admission than they can accept, few students with the minimum grade point average and minimum LSAT scores are accepted. An above-average academic record in undergraduate schools is expected of the pre-law student.

Students interested in a law career are encouraged to consult with the History Department chair or Political Science Program Coordinator as soon as possible after entering Davis & Elkins College.