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. 

Beyond the Classroom

Each November, Western hosts a Law School Info Fair that draws 50+ law schools to the campus. Students meet directly with school representatives to discuss requirements, academic preparation, and application procedures. This event is co-sponsored by the Career Services Center and the A.S. Legal Information Center

Careers and Graduate Studies

Admission to law school is extremely selective based primarily on GPA, ​ Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. The LSAT, normally required of applicants to American and Canadian law schools, is offered on Western’s campus several times each year. 

Students interested in the legal profession can work with Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)-designated pre-law advisors on campus.


Sample Jobs

  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lobbyist
  • Environmental Law
  • Property Law
  • Legal Analyst
  • Intellectual Property
  • Family Law
  • Educator 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.