Choosing a Major and/or Minor:

In order to apply to U.S. ABA-approved law schools, one must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution.  No decisions in law school admissions are made based singularly on the major or minor  that an applicant has earned.  No law schools require a minor.  There is no prelaw major at UVU.  Declaring yourself to be a prelaw student means that you will have an attribute placed in your student file and you have the opportunity to meet regularly with the prelaw advisor for guidance in all aspects of preparation for law school.

While you can study anything in preparation for law school, it is helpful to mix a writing-intensive program with a technical program, with one being your major and one being your minor.  If you choose a writing-intensive major, a technical minor is excellent.  If you choose a technical major, a writing-intensive minor is CRITICAL. 

Some excellent extensive reading and writing majors at UVU are: Anthropology, Classical Studies, English--Writing Studies, History, Integrated Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, Philosophy, Political Science OR any major in which you are writing at least 20 total pages per semester, if not at least one 20-page papers) AND where the faculty will give very specific feedback about your writing.  Any major that requires a written capstone paper OR senior thesis/project also helps your preparation for law school.

If you study in the STEM areas or a more technical area, it is critical that you plan to take an extra writing course each semester to build those skills independently of your major.  This may take some extra time, but it is worth it to be highly prepared for law school.

Some excellent technical majors at UVU are: Computer Science, biology, chemistry, nursing, aviation, education, community health, finance, personal financial planning, and other majors that are particular to a specific industry. Studying a technical major helps a student target a particular industry after law school for employment.  If you choose to study in a technical area, it is critical that you take a reading-writing intensive class every semester to build the skills that will make you a successful law student.

Participating in the UVU Honors Program (www.uvu.edu/honors/) is very helpful.  The program trains students to read and write at a high level, hosts small classes in which students learn in a more personal manner, has a low student-faculty ratio so you get to know professors well, and receive feedback on your reasoning and writing skills.  Writing an Honors Thesis becomes a publication that you can list on your resume and applications.  

There are steps to take to help you make a well-informed decision about your major/minor:

1) Study the UVU catalog (www.uvu.edu/catalog/)

2) Read the course descriptions that accompany any major;

3) Visit the UVU Bookstore Textbook section to check out the textbooks that are assigned to the courses in the majors/minors you are considering;

4)  Visit a number of department academic advisors (www.uvu.edu/advising) to investigate the amount of writing expected in the majors that they advise for, in order to ascertain if that major will be an excellent preparation for law school; which faculty members give lots of feedback on writing, and other information about that major;

5) Use campus resources such as the Writing Center (www.uvu.edu/writingcenter/), Tutoring Services (www.uvu.edu/academictutoring) on campus;

6) Request timely and specific feedback from your professors about your reading, writing, and reasoning skills.