When considering a career in law, it is important to know that there is no single path to success in the law field. Developing the appropriate skills and knowledge for law school and future law practice can come from a variety of sources, and an interdisciplinary and liberal arts background is an excellent avenue to that goal.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges offers extensive counseling for pre-law students throughout their undergraduate years. Almost any major offered through HWS can provide the skills and knowledge to prepare a student for law school, as long as it is supplemented with coursework in disciplines such as political science, economics, history, English or philosophy. These types of courses can help to build the necessary analytical thinking, research, and writing abilities.
Pre-law advising is available for any HWS students or alumni who are considering law as a potential career field.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in any subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
There are important things to keep in mind throughout your four years at HWS and planning ahead each year can help to make law school applications more successful.
While there are no required courses for the Pre-Law Program, the outline below is designed to help students stay on track.