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CSC 140 (Foundations of Computer Science). We also recommend: EGR 131
(Introduction to Engineering Design), EGR 231 (Engineering Mechanics), EGR 271
(Engineering Thermodynamics), and EGR 311 (Engineering Circuits). Those planning to
specialize in chemical engineering should also take CHE 225, CHE 326, and CHE
327 (Organic Chemistry I, II, and Laboratory).

The best option for a particular student depends on the intended field of engineering and
on whether or not the student plans to obtain a professional engineering license. For this
reason, students should consult with the Engineering Sciences advisor or the pre-
engineering advisor during their first year of study at Cornell. Pre-engineering
Advisor: Brian Johns


According to the Law School Admission Council,

         A college education should stand on its own merits as preparation for a lifetime of
         active involvement in a diverse and changing society. Admission committees are
         usually impressed by applicants who can convincingly demonstrate that they've
         challenged their thinking and reasoning skills in a diverse course of
         undergraduate study. While no single curricular path is the ideal preparation for
         law school, you should choose courses that sharpen analytical reasoning and
         writing skills. Law schools prefer students who can think, read, and write well,
         and who have some understanding of what shapes human experience. You can
         acquire these attributes in any number of college courses, whether in humanities,
         the social sciences, philosophy, or the natural sciences. It's not so much a matter
         of what you study as it is a matter of selecting courses that interest you, challenge
         you, and require you to use researching and writing skills. Because a lawyer's
         work involves most aspects of our complex society, a broad liberal arts
         curriculum is the preferred preparation for law school.

         High academic standards are important when selecting your undergraduate
         courses. The range of acceptable majors is broad; the quality of the education you
         receive is most important. You should acquire skills that enable you to think
         critically, reason logically, and speak and write effectively. Undergraduate
         programs should reveal your capacity to perform well at an academically rigorous
         level. An undergraduate career that is narrow, unchallenging, or vocationally-
         oriented is not the best preparation for law school.

Additional information about Cornell's Center for Law and Society, Mock Trial, Phi
Alpha Delta and preparation for law school may be found on the Cornell College Law and
Society website.

Consistent with the best advice of law schools themselves, Cornell College has no formal
"pre-law major" and no specific list of recommended courses. Rather we have pre-law
advisors who can help you plan a curriculum to meet your personal needs while
maximizing your chances of admission to law school. If you are considering a legal
career, you should consult regularly with a pre-law advisor about your course of study.

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