Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Law Advising

Division of Student Academic Services

Selecting an Undergraduate Major

Contrary to popular belief, there is no pre-law major, so you do not have to declare a “pre-law major/minor” at any time during your undergraduate career. In addition, there is no specifically required or recommended undergraduate major for students planning to attend law school, nor do law schools prefer one major over another. Rather, it is in students’ best interest to choose a major that they enjoy and can excel at.

As the data below indicate, while some majors are more popular than others, applicants to law school come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

Undergraduate Major% of Applicants
Political Science 35%
Business 11%
Psychology 8%
Global and International Studies 8%
History 5%
Philosophy 5%
Criminal Justice 5%
Modern Languages 4%
Communication 4%
Other Majors each < 4%