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An Online Pre-Law Option

Individuals who want to pursue a career as a lawyer have a wide variety of choices when it comes to identifying pre-law majors. There are no specific education prerequisites for law school, however there are courses and skills that prepare individuals for law school. Proficiency in research, critical thinking, writing and analysis are all required to be successful in law school. The research intensive nature of an online political science degree supports the development of those traits for adults interested in completing their bachelor’s degree and applying to law school.

How political science is a pre-law major

Pre-law majors are the degree programs that best prepare individuals for the rigorous standards set forth by law schools. The online political science degree sets a foundation with many classes covering government and the Constitution. Online degrees tend to be research, reading and writing intensive. The program framework acclimates online learners to the rigors of heavy reading and research required in law school.

Online education for pre-law majors

Another benefit of the online option is its availability to working adults or those who don’t have the convenience to attend school at any time. This degree is a good fit for adults who considered being pre-law majors, but the circumstances of life did not allow them the opportunity to finish undergraduate studies. Classes are 100 percent online and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection.

Getting in to law school

Gaining admittance into law school requires a bachelor’s degree, and most schools also require applicants to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The purpose of the test is to gauge whether the applicant will be successful in law school. The test measures analytical and logical reasoning, writing and reading comprehension. A high GPA in undergraduate coursework is also important.

Working as a lawyer

Lawyers are found in many different fields. Lawyers work for businesses, individuals and the government advising on legal issues and disputes. Lawyers can be found in the courtroom dealing with civil and criminal matters or in corporations, offering guidance on contracts, corporate governance and other issues. In 2014, the average annual salary of a lawyer was $133,470.

Learn more about the A-State online political science degree program.


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