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Accounting is not a good major for law school?

DatkidDatkid Posts: 594Registered User Member
edited January 2008 in Law School
If I wanted to go to a T14 straight out of undergrad, would majoring in Accounting be a poor choice? Is it considered a vocational major? Would majoring in Finance be better? If so, how much better? Thanks for your time.
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Replies to: Accounting is not a good major for law school?

  • CountingDownCountingDown Posts: 10,366Registered User Senior Member
    Depends on what you do with it....my DH was an accounting/decision sciences major, went to a T14 and did just fine. He did work for several years first, which is something I recommend to anyone wanting to work in law these days.
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Posts: 11,964Registered User Senior Member
    Probably, yes, probably not.
  • SachmoneySachmoney Posts: 1,254Registered User Senior Member
    Um, I would assume that accounting would be a perfectly fine major for someone interested in say tax law.
  • CountingDownCountingDown Posts: 10,366Registered User Senior Member
    or litigation, corporate, IBanking, M&A, bankruptcy, real estate, trusts, administrative, regulatory....
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Posts: 11,964Registered User Senior Member
    The fact that something will be useful in the end does not necessarily make it a good idea for a major up front. Admissions and usefulness are not necessarily synonymous.
  • StephenRStephenR Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    I am not an attorney but I am a practicing CPA. An accounting major is rigorous and lots of students change their majors from accounting to an easier flavor of business administration when they find that they aren't cutting it in their accounting classes. Law schools respect academic rigor, as compared with academic fluff.

    I have to ask why you would want to get an accounting degree followed by a law degree. Accounting education requires a lot less money and time than a legal education when undergrad is factored in, and a large proportion of accounting grads find employment within the profession. If you make it into a top law school your accounting background will probably not distinguish you all that much when compared to your high-achieving classmates.

    Also consider that when making plans that combine two very preparation-intensive professions that you may wind up hating one or both of them.
  • cartera45cartera45 Posts: 12,148Registered User Senior Member
    Accounting is fine. There are plenty of attorneys at top firms with degrees in accounting - not just tax lawyers.
  • lauren7lauren7 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    Is Poli Sci considered a "fluff major" in the eyes of T14's?
  • cartera45cartera45 Posts: 12,148Registered User Senior Member
    Political Science if fine too -
  • SerendipityRingSerendipityRing Posts: 170Registered User Junior Member
    Accounting is a perfectly fine major for law school. My best friend graduated with an accounting major, spent two years at a Big 4 firm after college, and was accepted to Columbia, UChicago, and a lot of other top law schools. If anything, she thinks the rigorous quantitative training she had in college prepared her well.
  • CountingDownCountingDown Posts: 10,366Registered User Senior Member
    I will mention that DH didn't consider his accounting/CS degrees as "pre-law" majors. He went into the field fully expecting to do those things for the long haul. Law school came along later as he realized what he wanted to do leaned in that direction.

    Accounting is considered a more rigorous major than finance, according to DH.
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