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(From “Preparing for Law School” by ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar )

There are several basic areas of knowledge that will be helpful to your legal education and to your development as a competent lawyer. Some of the types of knowledge that will maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education include a broad understanding of the following: 

  • History, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society in the United States
  • Political thought and of the contemporary American political system
  • Economics (particularly micro-economics and an understanding of the interaction between Economic theory and public policy)
  • Basic mathematical and financial skills, such as algebra, statistics, and an ability to analyze financial data
  • Human behavior and social interaction
  • Diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, International institutions and issues, world events, and the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities
Last Updated: 3/29/17