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Law, Preparation for the Study of

In advising a growing number of students who plan to enter law school, Mills College is guided by the Statement on Prelegal Education of the Association of American Law Schools. The association recommends no specific major or courses, but stresses the development of basic skills and insights considered essential for legal competence. These faculties include perception and skill in the use of the English language, a critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals, and the development of creative powers of thinking, reasoning, and analysis.

The development of these fundamental capacities is not peculiar to any one subject matter area, department, or division. Rather, they are developed by an individual student through the purposeful and rigorous pursuit of whatever course of study best serves these objectives for her. The Pre-Law Program is thus flexible in terms of courses and majors and should be planned with the student's faculty advisor in light of her background and professional goals. Mills offers a law-related interdisciplinary major in political, legal, and economic analysis (PLEA). The student may be referred for additional assistance to a faculty member who is knowledgeable about the profession.

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Last Updated: 3/17/14