No. St. Bonaventure University does not offer a pre-law degree. We do offer a minor in Law & Society which is available to all students and includes many courses suggested for law school preparation by the American Bar Association.
Law schools accept students from any and every major. When trying to decide on a major, select one that suits your interests and strengths. The best guide is your own interest and inclination. You will make better grades in subjects your like. In general, pre-law students should seek to improve their writing, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, and analytical thinking skills through their coursework.
There are important skills and values, and significant bodies of knowledge that you can acquire prior to law school and that will provide a sound foundation for a legal education. These include analytic and problem-solving skills , critical reading abilities, writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, general research skills, task organization and management skills, and the values of serving faithfully the interests of others while also promoting justice. If you wish to prepare adequately for a legal education, and for a career in law or for other professional service you should seek educational, extra-curricular and life experiences that will assist you in developing those attributes.
No. A double-major is fine if you want to complete one, but it is irrelevant in terms of law school admission.
No. Learning a foreign language can sharpen your analytical skills, increase your understanding of English and enhance your appreciation of other cultures. But, strictly speaking, study of a foreign language has little impact on the admission decision. On the other hand, if you plan to practice international law, or expect to travel internationally, a foreign language may be beneficial. All St. Bonaventure Arts and Sciences majors are required to complete a foreign language through the sophomore level.
This varies from law school to law school but they are usually not a major consideration in admission to most law schools. However, reasonable participation in campus activities can help you develop valuable communication, social, and logical skills. Don't neglect extracurricular activities that will help to separate you from other applicants with similar numbers. Any responsible leadership role you have taken helps to show admissions committees you have varied talents beyond your academic ones. Study abroad, honors you accumulate, work experience, internships—can enhance your application, but not if it is at the expense of your G.P.A.
You should start gathering information on pre-law preparation as soon as you begin considering the possibility of a legal career. Whether you are a freshman, an alumni, or someone in between, the Law School Admission Council's website (www.lsac.org) provides useful tips and a checklist for those beginning to think about pre-law options. In addition to reading suggested materials online, you should consider emailing your pre-law advisor and making an appointment to discuss your particular questions and interests.
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