Most liberal arts majors are considered preparation for law school. A Pre-Law Advisory Committee assists students in planning and applying to law school.
There is no single path that will prepare a student for a legal education. Students who are successful in law school and who become accomplished professionals choose various majors at the undergraduate level; and students are admitted to law school from almost every academic discipline. Many pre-law students choose to major in Political Science, History or Philosophy. However, whatever major is selected, students are encouraged to pursue an area of study that interests and challenges them, while taking advantage of opportunities to develop research and writing skills. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for legal education. A sound legal education will build upon and further refine the skills, values and knowledge that a student possesses.
The Pre-Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recommends the development of the following skills for successful study in the legal profession:
- Analytic/Problem-Solving Skills
- Critical Reading Abilities
- Writing Skills
- Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
- Organizational and Management Skills
- Values of Serving Others and Promoting Justice
- General Research Skills
Emmanuel College offers many courses that develop skills in these areas. Specific advising for students interested in a career in Law is provided by the Pre-Law Advisory Committee (PLAC). The PLAC helps students determine a specific program geared to their particular aspirations. The committee is chaired by Dr. Marie Natoli in the Political Science Department and Dr. Thomas Wall in the Philosophy Department.