Pre-Law Studies

Because the study and practice of law is so diverse, it is difficult to specify any single undergraduate major. The Law School Admission Council notes that law schools prefer "students who can think, read and write well, and who have some understanding of what shapes human experience." Students should select a major that interests and challenges them while furthering their research, writing and presentation skills. Pre-law students often major in Philosophy, Political Science, History, Management, Psychology, English and Sociology, although any major with a judicious selection of electives can prepare a student for success in law school.

Career Opportunities


  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • International Law
  • Labor Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Media & Entertainment Law
  • Securities Law
  • Tax Law

Related Fields

  • Banking/Business
  • Consulting
  • Contract Specialist
  • Corrections
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lobbying
  • Management
  • Mediation/Negotiation
  • Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Teaching

Info for Law School

Choosing a career in law is a challenging and important step. The student should consider all the relevant issues before committing to legal studies. Learn more.

Special Facilities

York College maintains a Pre-Law resource center in the Career Development Center, as well as legal materials in Schmidt Library. The Internet offers access to a wide range of resources suitable for legal studies.

Courses Offered

Students should select a diverse range of courses and electives in conjunction with a major advisor and a pre-law advisor. Learn more.