English Language & Literature Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies Concentration (BA)

English is an ideal pre-law major.

Why Choose Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies?

According to the Law School Admission Council, "Law schools want students who can think critically and write well and who have some understanding of the forces that have shaped the human experience."

English courses support legal studies by honing skills in reading, analysis, interpretation, logic, problem solving, persuasive writing, and argumentation.  This prepares you for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), for law school, and for the profession.  An English major will improve your chance of succeeding.  The FSU Pre-Law Society will also help you to plan ahead.

What will you Learn?

FSU students who major in English do a lot of reading and writing.  They are expected to write and speak with carlity and focus, and to use textual evidence in support of their arguments.

Because of their training and experience in these areas, our students are better able to respond with confidence and competence when they encournter the problem-solving questions on the LSATs.

What will you Do?

The reading, writing, and thinking skills we teach in our department have applications that extend well beyond the world of standardized tests.  Most lawyers spend most of their careers working with complicated texts (contracts, codes, statutes, case law, depositions, and so forth) and striving to organize their readings and interpretations into coherent and persuasive arguments.