Like many liberal arts colleges, Whitman has no separate pre-Law major. Lawyers need to possess excellent writing, reading, critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as a basic understanding of the human experience. Common undergraduate majors for future Whitman lawyers include economics, English, history, philosophy, and sociology, but law schools look with equal favor on students who have excelled in other rigorous liberal arts majors.

Advisors and combined program

The Pre-Law Advisors at Whitman can offer direction and advice to students about their plans for law school. Professor Patrick Frierson ( and Associate Dean Noah Leavitt ( are the current Advisors. Whitman also offers a combined program with Columbia University that allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree and law degree after six years instead of the usual seven. Additional information can be found in the online version of the Whitman College Course Catalog.


The Student Engagement Center has a number of books available in its library that provide information about law schools and careers in law. Also, students can contact alumni who can offer information regarding the practice of law through the Alumni Database at the Student Engagement Center. Also available in our Center is the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book which contains all the information needed to register for and take the LSAT. Please visit our office to pick up a copy.


Students interested in signing up for Whitman's Law listserv, which offers a steady stream of news, advice and trivia about (nearly) all things law school and law-related. To subscribe to the Law listserv, please send a blank email message to:

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