Preparing for a Legal Career

With a pre-law specialization, you can pursue a wide variety of careers in law, business, government, education, and more.

Three programs in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a pre-law degree option. Each course of study meets the basic requirements for admission to law school while also providing students with opportunities to develop:

  • A critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Creative power in thinking.


Emphasizes the historical evolution of the law and the role of legal change in the formation of the social, political, and economic structure of the modern world.

Visit the history pre-law web page or contact Lauri Sue Torkelson for more information.


Emphasizes logic and ethics for developing the reasoning skills needed to handle the variety of problems found in the study and practice of law.

Learn more about the philosophy degree and the pre-law option, or contact Diane Scott or more information.

Political Science

Focuses on how political and social forces shape and give meaning to American law and legal institutions.

Learn more about political science degree and our the pre-law option, or contact Teresa Woolverton for more information.

Guidance and mentoring

The WSU Pre-Law Resource Center specialist advisors are available to help students in any major navigate the application and admission process and become exceptional law school candidates.

In addition to law-focused student clubs, the PLRC offers unique networking opportunities with alumni attorneys and other legal professionals.