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Pre-Law Emphasis

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Students interested in going to law school should consider philosophy as a primary major. Though law schools do not favor a particular major in their admissions, according to the American Philosophical Association, "philosophy majors consistently perform best or near best on graduate school admission exams, year after year and across various sections compared to other majors." This is no surprise, as a major in philosophy provides students with extensive training in critical analysis of texts, analytical thinking skills, verbal communication, and rigorous, persuasive writing. Each of these skill sets is crucial to success in law school. Beyond this, the UC Davis Philosophy Department has a variety of course offerings on topics relevant to someone interested in practicing law. These include: critical reasoning, logic, ethics, and philosophy of law. Recent UC Davis philosophy majors have attended law school at UC Davis, UCSD, UCLA, and the University of Chicago, among others.

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