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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

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.