Montana State University

Pre-Law at MSU


Many students at MSU are interested in exploring possible careers in law and every year MSU students are accepted at excellent law schools across the country. MSU offers a variety of resources and advising to students who wish to pursue a career in law after graduation. These resources include:

  • FAQs about law school, available at http://www.montana.edu/wwwprov/lawfaq.html
  • Personal law school advising by faculty members and administrators who are experienced attorneys
  • Legal career and law school information sessions scheduled several times during the academic year
  • Courses about and/or relating to law, including:

    1. AGEC 337--Agricultural Law

      BUS 361--Introduction to Law

      HDCF 425--Family Law and Public Policy

      NAS 426--Federal Indian Law and Policy

      PSCI 210--Intro to American Government.

      PSCI 306--Legislative Process

      PSCI 434--International Law


      PSCI 461--Administrative Law

      PSCI 471--American Constitutional Law

      SOCI 313--Principles of Criminal Law and Procedure

      SOCI 357--Occupational and Corporate Crime

      SOCI 358--Crime and Inequality

      SOCI 435--Law and Society

      SOCI 436--Law and Inequality


    1. Many other courses that help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in law school and in a legal career
    2. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administration at MSU three times per year

Because there is no required or preferred set of courses for law school, MSU does not offer a formal pre-law curriculum. In fact, although Political Science is a common major for law school applicants, many law schools are delighted to see applicants who have majored in such apparently non-law related fields as engineering, biology and nursing because law schools seek variety and diversity in their applicants. What a student majors in is far less important than developing the skills necessary for a successful career in law, including critical thinking, logical reasoning, and excellent written and oral communication skills. All of these skills can be acquired and strengthened in any major a student chooses.

For more information about pre-law resources at MSU, please visit http://www.montana.edu/wwwprov/lawfaq.html.


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