What do Pre-Law Students Major In?

Law Schools do not favor any particular major, but rather, look for students with analytical reading comprehension, argumentative writing skills and critical thinking skills. All departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts excel in teaching these competencies, which are integral to getting a good score on the LSAT exam — the most crucial factor in law school admissions. Select any of our 35 majors and enhance it with extracurriculars, legal internships and study abroad programs for an undergraduate résumé that stands out to the best law schools. While traditional Pre-Law majors include English, economics, history, philosophy and political science, students from all our majors have been very successful in law school admissions.



Pre-Law Student Organizations

The College offers a range of student-run activities of interest to pre-law students, including

Temple University Pre-Law Society

Pre-Law Society meets regularly throughout the semester and is open to all majors. Apart from social events, the society hosts speakers such as CLA alumni lawyers and law students, law school admissions officers and LSAT prep organizations. The Society also organizes visits to law schools and law school fairs in the area, as well as LSAT practice exams and study-groups. Pre-law Society is a great way to meet other Pre-Law students at Temple.

Temple University Mock Trial Team

The College of Liberal Arts has supported a successful mock trial for many years. Every year, two teams from Temple enter the national American Mock Trial Association Competition and compete against teams from the region. Temple Mock Trial teams regularly compete against (and defeat) teams from NYU, Princeton, University of Maryland, Villanova, Yale and others. The team’s two coaches are both practicing lawyers and alums of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Program.

Temple University Debate Team

The Temple Debate Society competes on the most popular circuit inthe United States, the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA), but we encourage all types of public discourse, both competitive and non-competitive. The purpose of this organization is to develop debate and speech skills both among its members and the local community. The team provides access for its members to compete and/or participate in debate, forensics and speech tournaments, including those held on a national and international level.

Temple University Black Law Students Association

The Black Law Student Association - Pre-Law Division (BLSA) is a student organization dedicated to making pre-law students more competitive law school applicants. The organization confronts the high racial disparity in the legal field by preparing pre-law students to attend law school.

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Beasley School of Law

The James E. Beasley School of Law (also known as Temple Law School or Temple Law) offers both full-time and part-time law programs in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. Ranked 2nd best for trial advocacy training by US News & World Report , Temple’s Law School also offers well-regarded public interest law and legal writing programs. Dedicated to making law school accessible to all talented students, our longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity increases excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law. Admission is highly competitive.

Top Law Schools

Undergraduates from the College of Liberal Arts who don’t attend our top-ranked Temple Law School continue on Ivy League law schools and other excellent law programs that include

  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Chicago
  • Villanova University
  • Yale University