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The American Bar Association website lists history as one of the majors which are traditionally chosen by students who wish to enter law school. A history major requires students to evaluate written material, organize information, do research, and draw conclusions. All of these skills would be useful preparation for law school and appear on the American Bar Association's list of core skills and values. However, students who are considering the law as a career should chose a major which interests them, realizing that law schools accept candidates from a wide variety of disciplines.
The best preparation for legal training, according to the American Bar Association (ABA), is "taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors,” as stated in the ABA's Preparing for Law School webpage.
The History Department prides itself on challenging students and would be a good choice as a major for those considering a legal career.
For more information, contact Dr. Anita Specht, associate professor and Department of History "Pre-Law" advisor, or call (785) 833-4357.