Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.
Pre-Law is not a major. Law schools require a baccalaureate degree, but do not require a specific undergraduate major for admission. They are looking for students who have strong oral and written communication skills, a broad understanding of economic, political and social institutions, and well-developed objective and critical thinking skills. Western offers a variety of majors and minors that will develop these skills. The General University Requirements will also aid students in gaining competence in such skills.
Western grads admitted to law schools have come from varied academic backgrounds. Recent majors have included Communications, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology as well as interdisciplinary studies.
Students interested in issues of law and social justice are encouraged to learn more about Fairhaven College’s Law, Diversity and Justice concentration. All Western students may take Fairhaven classes such as American Legal System or Court Watch, but Fairhaven students get first priority.