Pre-Law Studies

Oakland offers programs to put students on track for earning their professional degrees and preparing for graduate study.

Pre-law studies at Oakland University offer an academic focus that is interdisciplinary in nature. Offered to all students, this course of study is a compatible addition to many degree programs. It is intended for students who are interested in applying to law school and who wish to pursue careers in law. Because there is no set of specific courses which guarantees admission to, or success in, American law schools, there is no formal pre-law curriculum at Oakland University. Students who wish to concentrate on pre-law are directed to consider courses in three categories:

  • The development of fundamental abilities of reasoning and written communication
  • Development of effective oral communication
  • The law in relationship to other disciplines

Students interested in attending law school can also take advantage of the Oakland University - Wayne State University Law School 3+3 program which allows students to earn an undergraduate degree (Political Science, B.A.) and a law degree (J.D.) in a minimum of six years.

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Academic & Course Information

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

  • My future career:

    Lawyer

    • Career & Salary Information
    • Possible Career Options
    • Median Salary*
    • Education Needed
    • For More Information**

    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Arbitrator
    • Judge
    • Legal Assistant
    • Paralegal