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(Pre-) Law

The formal academic training for law includes, with few exceptions, a bachelor’s degree and three years of study in law school to earn a Juris Doctorate. Law schools welcome and encourage a variety of educational backgrounds among their students. Breadth and intellectual maturity are more important than study of particular subject matter. However, law schools do recommend that the pre-law curriculum be carefully selected.

No specific subjects are prescribed for law school admission, and thus any undergraduate major available at SDSU can prepare a student to study the law.  The pre-law student should be involved in an undergraduate program that is intellectually challenging and requires rigorous academic discipline. Individuals who have chosen a field of study work with their major advisor as well as the pre-law advisor to select courses and create a plan of study.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Can think critically and analytically about complex problems
  • Want to practice law
  • Have a strong interest in public service and helping others
  • Have solid skills in negotiation, project management, writing and communication

Internship Opportunities

  • SD Legislature
  • City of Brookings
  • South Dakota Board of Regents
  • Tieszen Law
  • Daktronics

Suggested Majors

  • Political Science (B.A./B.S.)
  • History (B.A./B.S.)
  • Economics (B.A./B.S.)
  • English (B.A.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • American Indian Studies (B.A.)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)
  • Sociology (B.A./B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Communication Studies
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Legal Studies
  • Professional Writing

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of South Dakota

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.