Pre-Law Advisory Program
You need not be a government and political affairs major to enter the pre-law advisory program.
The term pre-law usually indicates a career goal and not a specific undergraduate major or course of study. Unlike most professional schools, law schools do not specify the coursework or major field that the prospective student must complete while in college. Instead, law schools prefer that potential students receive a well-rounded education in the liberal arts and sciences. They especially want students to have the skills necessary for success in law school: reading comprehension, clear and well-organized writing, and analytical thinking.
Major fields typical for law school applicants include such diverse disciplines as English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Law schools also prefer applicants who are prepared to study specialized kinds of legal work, such as corporate or patent law. Thus, applicants who majored in business administration or science would also be attractive to law schools. Courses in political science and history proved useful insights in the working of legal systems and the governments they affect. The important thing is to choose a major that you are interested in and can do well in – a major that will encourage the development of the skills you will need for law school.
At Millersville University, the philosophy of the pre-law program is to advise students carefully throughout their years at the University in planning strategies for admission to law school. You will be assigned a special pre-law advisor in the academic department of your major, if possible. These advisors stay abreast of trends in law school admission policies to help students identify those areas of study and extracurricular activities that law school admissions offices consider important.
When the time comes to apply for admission, the pre-law advisor aids in identifying appropriate law schools and in completing the application process. Several faculty members in various departments at Millersville hold law degrees and are valuable sources of information about law schools and the legal profession as a whole.
The size and academic atmosphere of Millersville University allows students to pursue quality academic programs taught by accessible faculty who are about their students. Opportunities abound on campus for participation in a wide range of student activities, including student government and academic interest groups. Participation in such extra-curricular activities is understood to be an important consideration for law school admissions.
Millersville's location enables several law schools to send their representatives to campus each year to interview and recruit applicants. The list of the law schools attended by Millersville University graduates includes: Boston University, Dickinson School of Law, Duquesne University, Harvard University, Mercer University, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, Washington and Lee University, and Widener University School of Law. Millersville graduates have been accepted by public and private law schools in Pennsylvania, its neighboring states, and at law schools across the country.