College Major for future in law (law school)?

College Major for future in law (law school)? Topic: College Major for future in law (law school)?
July 19, 2019 / By Misty
Question: Major for future in law (law school)? What is good to major in for undergrad if I am planning on attending law school afterward? The school i am going to has the best law school in my state, and I'm wondering what a good major would be. If i want to go into criminal law would criminology, political science or sociology be good? My father (who is a lawyer) recommended an English major since law school involved a lot of reading and writing...but i hate literature. Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks
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Lindsie Lindsie | 10 days ago
Basically anything. Really doesn't matter. Certain majors will require an explanation though. Unless you have your heart set on it, i'd avoid any of the hard sciences. The reason for this being that it makes it seem like you were originally shooting for med school and are now using law as a back up. Also would avoid criminology, music, psych, communications, marketing or business administration. These majors are largely considered a joke and not taking seriously.
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Lindsie Originally Answered: Med school without a college major in science?
Yes it is true. My wife majored in Theater and is now about to enter year four of medical school. Now that doesn't mean she could just get in without a science foundation. She had to take the appropriate coursework, such as Organic Chemistry, but she has a degree in Theater and not Biology or Chemistry.
Lindsie Originally Answered: Med school without a college major in science?
When I was thinking about medical school a couple of years ago I did all the research, I even went to speak with an advisor and received all sorts of information. Apparently, one does not have to have a degree in Science, but you do have to take a certain amount of Science courses to include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Human Anatomy. All schools are different, but most require you to have a very high GPA in those Science courses and overall. Your MCAT scores are by far the most important part of you of your admissions application. Medical school is highly selective everywhere so I suggest you study very hard. You can get into medical school with a Business degree.

Kaitlyn Kaitlyn
The best majors to prepare for law school would be in the social sciences and humanities -- history, english, philosophy, sociology, classics, languages, etc. Most of them are writing intensive, and you learn how to understand and analyze text (which is pretty much the largest part of being a lawyer) and debate. Criminology is better just as a class (not sure if many schools even have criminology majors), and while political science gives you a glimpse into the world of a law, it doesn't really prepare you for the insane amount of work that goes on behind the court battles ;) Plus, there are so many criminology/polysci majors trying to get into law school, that the schools can appreciate less common majors ;) Or so I've heard/read! From reliable (educational) resources, of course. Remember, there are all kinds of majors who go to law school, even from the sciences and arts -- your major doesn't have to be related to law... But no matter what you major in, make sure that it's something you know you will ENJOY. As long as you do well, get great recommendations from professors, and network like your life depends on it, you're good ;) There's no point in making yourself miserable for four years trying to major in something you find boring or hate.
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Gyneth Gyneth
Bruce is incorrect. Law schools love hard science majors, both because they tend to do very well in law school and because it diversifies the class a bit. Regardless of your major you should take some hard science classes because the logical reasoning you will learn is important for success on the LSAT and in law school. But you can major in anything and attend law school. Law schools do tend to frown on "nontraditional" majors like "Legal Studies" and "Criminal Justice" but anything traditional (including political science and sociology) is just fine. Choose something you enjoy and that you'll do well in, because a major portion of law school admissions is your GPA. You should also take some serious writing courses (20-40 page papers) if not required by your major because you will need those skills in law school. Please don't choose a major solely for law school admissions, however. Legal jobs in this market are extremely hard to come by, and law school is very expensive. Until you know for sure that you're going to love being a lawyer (after internships and/or work experience in a place separate from your father's practice) it is not smart to base your entire future on one dream. What are you going to do with your criminology major if law school doesn't work out for some reason?
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Gyneth Originally Answered: Can you go to college to be a horseback riding instructor? Is it a major or is it like law school?
This is not a college subject. At the very best, it's a P.E. elective. This is more like a trade, I believe. You need to find someone who will take you on as an apprentice, and you "learn the ropes" from them. I'd compare this to being a ballet dancer--you study at a ballet /arts school and then look for some famous academy to join. But major universities don't offer degrees in riding horses any more than they offer degrees in watering lawns. I'd suggest you find an expert through a local stable, and begin getting ideas from them. You're looking for very specific information about a very, very narrow field of activity--so information just isn't going to be common. Good luck to you!

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