"Because a lawyer's work involves most aspects of our complex society, a broad liberal arts curriculum is the preferred preparation for law school." —The Law School Admission Council

While there is no set major for pre-law students at Cornell, courses which have a high emphasis on reading, comprehension, analysis and writing are highly recommended for preparation in the law. Courses in American politics, economics and business, psychology, sociology, and U.S. history are also helpful preparation for law school.

Several departments offer courses specifically concerned with the law, legal issues, or are foundational for the study of law. Among them are:

  • HIS 251-Federal Indian Policy
  • HIS 351-The Age of Revolution in America
  • PHI 202-Ethics
  • PHI 203-Logic and Critical Thinking
  • PHI 204-Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 350-Philosophy of Language
  • PHI 353-Philosophy of Law
  • POL 222-Foundations of the First Amendment
  • POL 250-Principles of Advocacy
  • POL 325-Anglo-American Constitutional Thought
  • POL 361-Race, Sex, and the Constitution: Public Law in the Age of Multiculturalism
  • POL 364-Congress and the Presidency
  • POL 365-Constitutional Law: The American System
  • POL 366-Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
  • POL 372-Current Cases before the Supreme Court
  • SOC 248-Contemporary Native Americans
  • SOC 348-Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 362-Criminal Justice
  • SOC 366-Gender and Social Institutions
  • SOC 376-Civil Rights and Western Racism

Students should refer to the Course Schedule and Academic Catalogue for more information about course content and scheduling.