Earning a bachelor's degree is the first step toward a career in law. Beyond being a necessary requirement for law school, the education you receive in a quality bachelor's degree program is essential to success in law school and your professional life as a lawyer.
The fully online Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law program offered by the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate education and work in the legal professions. But, importantly, this degree program prepares future lawyers for success by combining the in-depth study of political science and legal studies with a comprehensive education in many areas of knowledge and skill development.
How Will Studying Poli Sci Prepare Me for Law School?
There are many direct connections between poli sci and legal studies. Clearly, an essential aspect of the scientific study of politics is the intention behind many political institutions — constructing legislation and policy through democratic processes, which supports the overall functioning of the U.S.
Substantial coursework in UHV's online B.S. in Poli Sci with a concentration in Pre-Law focuses on legal study, constitutional study, U.S. history, public policy, and U.S. government at the judicial, congressional and presidential levels.
Logically, this depth of legal study can give students a head start on law school. It is not surprising that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) reports that political science was the most popular undergraduate major of law school applicants in 2017–2018.
Why Is the Comprehensive Nature of UHV's Online Poli Sci Program Important?
As the American Bar Association (ABA) clearly states: "There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. Students who are successful in law school, and who become accomplished professionals, come from many walks of life and educational backgrounds."
In their discussion of the skills and knowledge "that will provide a sound foundation for a legal education," the ABA emphasizes areas like critical reading, writing, problem-solving, communication and research as being of at least as much importance as knowledge of and exposure to the law. All of these skills are areas of focus in online coursework for UHV's poli sci program.
Law schools look for academic rigor and usable skill development in applicants' educational backgrounds. UHV's comprehensive program can help students pursue their interest in political science while they hone both the generalized and specific sets of knowledge and skills needed for law school.
What Other Steps Are Involved in Getting Into Law School
The process for getting into law school is time-intensive yet straight forward. Applicants must:
- Hold a bachelor's degree
- Take the LSAT
- Register with the Complete Assembly Service (CAS, formerly LSDAS) to simplify the application process (in the case of most ABA-approved law schools and many others)
- Get positive letters of recommendation from references
- Write a personal statement
- Choose their ideal schools and apply
As far as the numbers go, your GPA and your LSAT score are paramount to being accepted into law school. The LSAT focuses mainly on a combination of the skills mentioned above — namely analytical thinking, critical reading, verbal reasoning and writing. Again, these skills are integral to success not only as a student in law school but also as a lawyer.
UHV's online B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law program can provide a synthesis of specialized political study and legal study along with expansive knowledge and skill development. This synthesis of breadth and focus is key to helping students get ready for law school and their careers to follow.
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