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About the Program

What majors do law schools look for?

"Follow your interests" is the resounding answer. Law schools value academic performance over area of study and do not require any specific classes or majors. Since William & Mary highly values the liberal arts, you are guided away from considering your undergraduate program to be pre-professional and W&M does not offer a dedicated pre-law track. Instead, this flexible approach to a broad curriculum is paired with an active pre-law advising program that includes full-time faculty and W&M Law School students.

You will receive guidance in curriculum planning and assistance with the law school admission process.
If you are curious about pursuing law, you can begin with the American Legal Process (GOVT 372) and Civil Rights & Civil Liberties (GOVT 373).

What Makes Us Different

  • Top 10 Law Admittance

    W&M undergraduates and alumni are consistently admitted to the top 10 law schools in the country.

  • Set Up for Success

    W&M undergraduates and alumni are, on average, accepted to 3-4 of the law schools they've applied to (twice the national average for law school acceptances).

  • Alumni and Local Connections

    The pre-law program regularly connects current students with alumni and local attorneys and firms who routinely welcome them as interns.

  • W&M Law

    William & Mary's pre-law program often partners with the William & Mary Law School, which offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees.

Applied Learning



William & Mary students have been accepted at a wide range of law schools including the top law schools in the country. It is important to point out that many students enter law school after some considerable work experience (William & Mary's pre-law program supports these alumni during their admissions process too). About half of the entering class of a typical competitive law school undertakes several years of work experience or post-graduate education before matriculating.

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.