I'm posting for a friend's daughter who asked for some advise. Actually her mom, my friend, is asking for the advise. It turns out that the D is 100% sure that she wants to go to law school. So she went to her pre law advisor and he convinced her to change majors- from political science to philosophy. Well, the Logic class prerequisite for philosophy majors has not gone well. She will come out with a C or maybe even lower. According to her D, this is a class that is notoriously difficult and the professor is totally into tearing them up. No grade inflation either. I asked the D if her GPA can take a hit and she said yes but I'm not sure if this is accurate. She does not like to look weak at all with others. But she admitted that she really does not understand the logic material at all.
Should she go back to political science? The D claims that the philosophy classes will get easier. The D switched because she thinks that majoring in philosophy will help her get a high LSAT score (since philosophy majors score the highest). She did not switch because she is interested in the subject matter.
I think that she has it all wrong personally. I think the major is pretty self selective to begin with and those students would have scored high anyways. Maybe there is some positive effect that getting your brain trained to think a certain way helps in the LSAT but I don't think it's a reason to switch majors. TBH, I don't think she would listen to any advise based on research. She's pretty stubborn. And she wants to get into T14. Especially now that UT is in T14.
The other question is, if she takes some summer CC classes (even if her private school does not factor those classes into the undergraduate GPA) can this bump up her GPA for law school consideration? I understand that law school admissions GPA takes in all undergrad classes. So these CC classes count, right? Is this a good strategy? Tell me your thoughts. I don't have any experience with law school stuff but have been reading about it. My own D is thinking about LS but still exploring all options whereas this kid has been talking about it since freakin middle school. I would hate for this kid to really mess up her chances based on stupid advice from the pre law advisor. But then she probably won't follow anything I say over her advisor.