Pre-law studies

SUNY Oswego offers no official pre-law major or program. Students with every undergraduate major have been accepted by the finest law schools. In general, law schools recommend that students complete challenging, rigorous courses in a variety of academic disciplines. Thus, there is no particular set of courses that should be completed by pre-law students. Students may want to consider a second major or minors that illustrate a breadth of knowledge. 

It is probably useful for students to complete a few courses that emphasize law-related issues as a substantial component of the course. This should provide students with an informed perspective on what the study of law is about. Students are cautioned, however, to avoid trying to complete too many courses with the word "law" in the title. Law schools generally prefer students who possess a well-rounded academic background to those who have a very narrow academic focus. (See our selecting courses page for more specific suggestions.)