Pre-professional Studies

Texas A&M University-Texarkana (A&M-Texarkana) offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in professional programs such as medical school or law school. The pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, pre-health sciences, and pre-law programs provide experienced guidance and the right combination of skills, knowledge, and experience that the student will need for future professional studies and careers. Competition for admission to professional schools is intense.  Having a Pre-Medical, Pre-Health Sciences, or Pre-Law concentration with the degree, coupled with the advice and guidance from a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee of professors and professionals, ensures that the student has the opportunity to meet all the requirements for application to medical, other health-sciences professional, or law schools. Additionally, the university encourages students in the pre-professional studies programs to work with professors on undergraduate research programs, at medical facilities in the region, or as interns in government offices to provide the students with opportunities and experience that can give the student an added competitive edge.

Pre-Law Program of Study

While no specific pre-law program exists at A&M-Texarkana, an undergraduate degree in any liberal arts discipline may prepare a student for post-graduate work in law school.

In order to prepare for law school, a student should focus on developing strong writing, communication, and analytical-thinking skills.  Take courses and participate in activities that enhance these skills.  A student should excel academically because admission to law school is competitive.  Undergraduate work in political science can provide foundational coursework in law-related topics.  Along with political science, taking courses in criminal justice, English, history, math, science, and sociology will help a student acquire valuable communication, problem-solving, and logical reasoning skills.  In addition to pursuing a rigorous course of study, taking law-related courses, participating in law-related internships, becoming involved in extracurricular activities, and preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) can help ensure a competitive edge for admission to law school. 

Law-Related Courses in Political Science

The Political Science program regularly offers several law-related courses, including:

GOVT 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions3
GOVT 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior3
PSCI 300Introduction to Political Theory3
PSCI 320Introduction to Constitutional Law3
PSCI 410American Political Theory3
PSCI 426Civil Rights and Civil Liberties3
PSCI 427Public Law3
PSCI 490Political Science Internship 13-6
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 By becoming involved in an internship, a student can learn valuable life skills that will prepare him or her for law school and will provide contacts for support and mentoring.

The LSAT

A student’s LSAT score is an important part of successful admission to law school.  The LSAT is a standardized test that the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) administers four times a year.  Students typically take the LSAT toward the end of their junior year of college or during the summer before their senior year.  The exam lasts half a day and is comprised of multiple-choice questions covering reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.  Scores range from 120 to 180.  A&M-Texarkana is a LSAT testing site.

Applying for Law School

A student should check with specific law schools for application deadlines and required application materials.  Most law schools require that applicants use the Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  Before applying to law school, a student should open an account with the Credential Assembly Service, through which the student submits university transcripts and LSAT scores.  The student will request that individuals who know his or her experience, skills, and character send letters of recommendation to LSAC or to the law schools to which he or she will apply, as each institution specifies.  CAS provides a “Letter of Recommendation Form” that the student should give to individuals writing letters of recommendation for them to fill out.