Pre-Law Bachelor's Degree Overview
Prelaw at UT is not a major, but rather a pre-professional program designed to foster skills in reading, critical thinking and analytic writing necessary for successful law-related careers. The study of law within the College of Arts and Sciences tradition provides both excellent preparation for success in law school and the skills required by employers in a variety of fields related to legal practice. Beyond these important goals, the liberal arts approach to law fosters the cultivation of individual capacity to lead a meaningful life of citizenship and participation in public life.
Students in prelaw initially meet with faculty prelaw advisers who provide information about course and major selection and general preparation for law school, as well as seminars, workshops and other special events geared to those with an interest in law. The prelaw advisers later help with the law school admissions process by aiding the individual student with research into the law schools to which she or he wishes to apply. They provide feedback on the personal statement portion of applications and lend an ear as the student decides which law school’s admissions offer to accept.
College of Arts and Letters Highlights
- Active learning — Versus just sitting in a classroom and absorbing the knowledge, we have our students learn and then "do" through volunteer work or internships.
- Faculty working and researching in the field — In addition to teaching courses, our faculty are out there investigating and uncovering new insights and theories. This puts them among the leaders in their respective fields.
- Better preparation for graduate school — Most of the programs in the college have a graduate-level component, this means those same instructors will be teaching and preparing you at the undergraduate level.
- Technology integrated into curriculum — Our students learn and practice on the same equipment they'll encounter in the working world; standout technology includes a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing labs, a media-driven Foreign Languages Learning Lab, a letterpress facility, a high-definition television studio with editing and scripting bays, and more.
After graduation, students are prepared for jobs in the public or private sector, with the government, corporations or institutions. Prelaw also provides the preparation necessary to go on to law school or graduate study in a variety of fields. Additional opportunities stem from the ultimate choice of a major or double major in consultation with a prelaw adviser.
Pre-Law Bachelor's Degree Curriculum