Pre-Law | Pre-Med
Despite what you may think, there is no specific major that gives you an advantage in the admission process for law or medical school. In fact, many schools look for students with a liberal arts background because of their broad background in the humanities, social sciences, logic and critical thinking, and writing and communications.
American Bar Association suggests that majors in fields as diverse as history, English, philosophy, political science, economics, business, art, music theory, computer science, engineering, nursing, and education do well in law school and in their careers as lawyers; UNLV's Boyd School of Law prides itself on the diversity of its graduates, which includes majors in several nontraditional fields.
We generally advise you to choose a major that allows for personal and professional exploration in a topic that interests you and is something in which you can achieve academic and personal successes. Focus on appropriate preparatory work, including courses in critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, which will help you prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (
For more information, please contact:
Wilson Advising Center
Office: WRI - B131
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You do not have to be a biology major to go to medical school.
A recent study by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals concluded that majors in English, history, and anthropology do well on the Medical College Admissions Test and
MCAT and that a higher percentage of applicants from these and other liberal arts majors are admitted to medical school than students who are accepted from more traditional pre-med majors.
Focus on appropriate preparatory work, including courses in critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. You can achieve academic and personal success by choosing a major that allows for personal and professional exploration in a topic and is interesting to you.
For more information, please contact the
Pre-Med Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Joseph "Nick" Nika
Office: MPE - 131