If you’re thinking about law school, you should be thinking about getting started at Millikin. Pre-Law at Millikin is not a major, but an advising program that prepares you for law school. We prepare you to succeed in law school by through several specific strategies.
- Develop career and life skills that are vital to a career in the legal field
- Cultivate relationships with first-class faculty and professional mentors
- Learn through hands-on experiences, such as Millikin’s moot court or by interning in a local law firm, law enforcement agency, police crime lab, public defender’s office, or state’s attorney’s office
Developing skills for law school
The most frequently asked question of the Pre-Law program is usually, What should I major in to get into law school? Our answer is always the same, Major in what you’re interested in and passionate about.
Successful preparation for law school does not require a specific undergraduate major or a specific undergraduate course of study. It does, however, require the development of specific skill sets. These include:
- analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
- critical reading and writing skills
- oral communication and listening abilities
- general research skills
Seek out the courses you know will challenge you to build and hone these kinds of skills.
If you’re seriously considering law school, you need to get serious about preparing now. At Millikin, you won’t have to prepare alone. Millikin professors are committed to helping you every step of the way.
Work with your faculty advisor to design a personalized course of study that serves your current interests and career goals. Get his or her advice on which courses will help you strengthen your skills. Having established working relationships with your professors and your faculty advisor, you’ll find you not only are academically prepared for law school, but you also have people in your corner when it comes time for applying and recommendations. Millikin faculty members are willing to advocate on your behalf.
The LSAT is an important component of entrance into law school. At Millikin, you can get help prepping for it. Practice tests—actual LSATs that have been given in previous years—are administered several times a semester so you can know what to expect and where you still need work.
Sample Plan of Study
This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from Millikin. Each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different than what is outlined below.
Pre-Law at Millikin is not a major, but an advising program that prepares you for law school. Pre-law students should complete their schedules in consultation with their primary faculty advisor. Below is a typical courseload for first-year students interested in pre-law. Also provided is a list of electives which you are advised to careful consider.
Critical Writing, Reading, Research I
Elective within chosen major
Argument and Social Issues
Business and Professional Communication
Principles of Macroeconomics
Business and Professional Writing
US History to 1865
US History Since 1865
Elementary Probability and Statistics
Math in the World
Basic Philosophical Problems
Ethical Theory and Moral Issues
Critical Thinking: Logic
Foundations of American Politics
Understanding International Conflict Introduction to Criminal Justice
Acting for Non-Majors