Prospective law students are free to choose among the wide variety of majors offered at Wagner College. This approach by the College is in keeping with the position of the Association of American Law Schools that welcomes any major. Students may select a major from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts, or other disciplines.
Although the College does not endorse a particular major, it recognizes the importance of a comprehensive liberal arts education as fundamental for a professional career in law. The College’s Learning Communities and General Education Curriculum provide students with an intellectual and interdisciplinary foundation for advanced study in their chosen major. In addition to satisfying the specific requirements of the major, students are encouraged to select a few law-related courses from the following:
- Business 201 Business Law I
- Business 202 Business Law II
- Government & Politics 215 Law & Justice in America
- Government & Politics 316 Constitutional Law
- Philosophy 101 Practical Reasoning
- Philosophy 109 Political Philosophy
- Sociology 300 Law & Society
- Sociology 305 Criminology
- Sociology 308 Introduction to Criminal Law
These courses not only require extensive reading, research, and writing but also foster analytic skills with respect to judgment, interpretation, problem solving, and value conflicts. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Writing Intensive Tutor Program.
Pre-Law Program & Pre-Law Society
The College’s Pre-Law Program conducts open forums and panels for students, sponsors talks by guest speakers in the legal profession on law-related topics, invites guest speakers to address issues dealing with admission to law school, and arranges field trips to law firms and law schools. The College’s Pre-Law Society, whose members consist of pre-law students, is also engaged in sponsoring and debating law-related issues.
Because entrance requirements may vary among law schools, students should consult the particular catalog of the schools to which they plan to apply. Law schools evaluate applicants based on their college record, activities, and recommendations as well as on their scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Law schools require applicants to take the LSAT before applying for admission. We also encourage you to utilize the information and resources of the non-profit Law School Admission Council, at lsac.org.
Prospective students may contact the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE) to obtain information about the Pre-Law Program and about the faculty advisors in the Program. The faculty advisors teach in the disciplines of business administration, philosophy, political science, sociology, and other areas, and several of these advisors are members of the legal profession.