The College of New Jersey and the Pre-Law Advisory Committee at the College are committed to providing students with the best possible preparation for the law school admissions process, for law school itself and for the practice of law. Our students have had a great deal of success in navigating this path. In recent years, they have been admitted to some of the best law schools in the country.
Students thinking of applying to law school should choose a major that seems interesting to them and that challenges them to develop the critical thinking and writing skills that will be important to them in law school and as practicing attorneys. In contrast to preparation for medical school, there is no standard pre-law curriculum in the United States. Any major can potentially serve as ideal pre-law preparation. What is most important is a strong grounding in the disciplinary or interdisciplinary area of the student’s choice. Thus, students at TCNJ from many different majors have met with great success in the law school application process. These include (among others): economics and business, English, history, philosophy, political science. Yet it should be recognized that a major in computer science, criminology, math or physics would be just as appropriate for the pre-law student.
At the same time, TCNJ offers options that give students the opportunity to study the law from different perspectives within the liberal arts, including economics, ethics, history and politics. These options include the Law and Society Interdisciplinary Concentration and the Politics, Law and Philosophy Interdisciplinary Minor. Links to these programs can be found at the top of this page.
Because the law schools themselves emphasize the desirability of a strong background in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary academic area, TCNJ does not offer a designated “pre-law” major. Instead, TCNJ leaves the teaching of law and legal research and writing to the law schools.
The core of the Pre-Law Program at TCNJ is its system of one-on-one advising. Students (whether incoming or already on campus) are encouraged in the strongest terms to consult with a Pre-Law Advisor at their earliest opportunity — before they declare a major and even before they select courses for their first term on campus. In many cases, Dr. Melinda Roberts, who chairs the Pre-Law Advisory Committee, will be a student’s initial contact. Dr. Roberts’ e-mail address and phone number appear in the panel on the right-hand side of this page.