Thinking about pre-law at Clemson? We give you the flexibility to explore the legal field while also completing a degree program that will prepare you for a wide-range of careers in case your plans to attend law school change.
Clemson offers pre-law advising from new student orientation all the way through post-graduation. We plan events covering everything from law school visits and LSAT prep to career fairs. We work with majors from all across campus and invite you to ask questions to learn more about our programming.
Below are the five most popular programs that Clemson students major in before heading to law school. Please keep in mind, however, that law schools do not require a particular undergraduate major for entrance. See more of Clemson's degree programs here.
Recent political science majors have continued their postgraduate studies at top law schools across the country. If you’re interested in American politics, global affairs, political theory, public administration or public policy this might be the major for you. In addition to a vast understanding of government, students in this major gain communication expertise and advanced quantitative skills.
A recent national study of LSAT scores found that (on average) economics majors outperformed other students. This is most likely due to the logical reasoning skills developed by economics majors, an ability many LSAT questions seek to uncover. Students who study economics will graduate with a concrete understanding of rational choice and an advanced analytical skillset.
Students who wish to go to law school and study philosophy for their undergraduate career often choose the Law, Liberty and Justice emphasis. Philosophy majors gain a broad understanding of the human condition and develop critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems. The Law, Liberty and Justice emphasis also sets students up with a pre-law internship to gain experience and learn more about the profession.
History majors at Clemson are introduced to a wide variety of studies. From humanities to social and natural sciences, students develop analytical skills along with argumentative communication proficiencies. Students learn to think critically about how we have become who we are — a facet of education that is crucial to understanding basic human nature.
Those who study English leave the program with a strong command of writing and language as well as a background in textual interpretation. Students learn to think and write critically while examining texts from various historical and international perspectives. English majors can choose between two concentrations: literature or writing and publication studies.