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
- SD Legislature
- City of Brookings
- South Dakota Board of Regents
- Tieszen Law
- 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.)
- Communication Studies
- Inclusion and Equity
- Legal Studies
- Professional Writing
Professional Schools Admitting Graduates
- University of South Dakota
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.