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.

When you choose a major or minor or both, it is critical that you prepare for the rigor of law school by studying in areas that require extensive reading and writing in the field (e.g. Anthropology, Classical Studies, English, 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 for your writing.  If you study in the STEM areas or a more technical area, plan to take an extra writing course each semester to build those skills independently of your major.  This may take some time, but it is worth it to be highly prepared for law school.

Studying a technical major that would help you identify an industry to approach for a job after law school sometimes changes a student's approach to their major.  Because the employment situation for law grads is stressed, students sometimes choose a major that channels them to a specific kind of law.  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.

Also participating in the UVU Honors Program ( 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:

1) Study the UVU 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 ( 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;

5) Use campus resources such as the Writing Center (, Tutoring Services ( on campus;

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