Prepare for Law School With a Popular Major at USF

There is no single path to getting into law school. That means the bachelor’s degree you earn now can be anything you believe is your Christian calling or that you think will best drive your success after law school. For example, if you want to work in family law, the knowledge and skills you’ll gain from a Social Work degree might be a good match. Or, if you see a future in litigation, USF’s degree in Media Studies might top your list of possible majors.

That’s the beauty of the University of Sioux Falls. As a Christian, liberal arts university, USF gives you more options and more breadth than colleges that focus more on work skills and job prep than on knowledge, exploration, discussion and debate. Big ideas matter at USF. We’re always looking for ways to help you live your faith in God and bring your own big ideas into the world.

That said, here is a list of the most popular majors for USF graduates who go on to top law schools:

  • Business Administration degree, if your interest is in corporate law
  • Criminal Justice degree, if you want to work in local, state or federal law or law enforcement
  • English major, if you want to build strong communication and literacy for your career in law
  • History major, if you want to bring a greater perspective to your work in law
  • Political Science degree, if you plan to work in government or seek elected office

Reasons to Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree from USF

When you study on USF’s campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, no matter your degree or major, you’ll find inspirational leaders among USF’s faculty.

As a result of the personal attention you’ll receive as part of your private university education at USF, you’ll get the information, skills and help you need to succeed. More importantly, you’ll be prepared for your career in law, whatever legal path you choose in the future:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Broad knowledge and perspectives on complex issues facing modern society
  • Strong communication skills in person, in writing and across a variety of media
  • Collaboration, community and fellowship born from a top Christian education

Law Stories

Careers for Those With Law Degrees

USF’s pre-law graduates find great jobs in top law firms, law enforcement and other careers.

Family law

Pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, adoptions, wills

Corporate law 

Contracts, mergers, regulatory compliance, liability issues

Tax and estate law

Estate plans, wills, trusts, business inheritance

Criminal law

Prosecutor, district attorney, public defender

Civil law

Civil disputes, liability cases, injury cases

Additional Resources for Pre-Law Students at USF

USF gives you opportunities beyond earning your bachelor’s degree.
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Writing Center

The USF Writing Center allows students to develop as writers and to benefit from the training and experience provided by the Writing Center staff. English majors also serve as paid tutors in the Writing Center.

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2012 Mediation Team with Professor Mike Thompson.
Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential-learning opportunities for Criminal Justice students include Law and Justice Club, volunteer service projects, the National Collegiate Mediation Tournament, and the Terry Redlin Mentor Program.

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USF graduate pursuing law school at St. Thomas School of Law.
Law Schools

Want to know where USF pre-law students go to law school? See the full list of top law schools where our best pre-law graduates have been accepted.

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Campus Ministries

Put Culture for Service in action during your time on USF’s campus in Sioux Falls.

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