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undergrad law

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  • Homer28Homer28 . Posts: 610 Member
    I've heard lots of stories about paralegals going on to law school down the road so I can't see how a pre-law major would hurt anyone. Certainly the paralegal would do better in law school than an economics major.
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,625 Senior Member
    Although the LSAT is vitally important for law school admission, ironically, every lawyer that I know would have probably agreed that the LSAT has very little correlation with law school grades or even on lawyer competence. There is some correlation between the LSAT and bar passing rate,but only a mild correlation.

    With that said, certain majors can give you advantages on the LSAT or on certain legal subjects. Generally, MAth, Physics, Philosophy, English, and other majors that involved critical thinking and writing give an advantage for developing LSAT skills.

    Some courses, however, are better for law school and for lawyering in generaly. Accounting majors do have an advantage in tax courses. Criminology majors do have an advantage for those who want to be criminal specialists. Political science majors have an advantage in con law.
  • hypsmc42hypsmc42 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    "Although the LSAT is vitally important for law school admission, ironically, every lawyer that I know would have probably agreed that the LSAT has very little correlation with law school grades or even on lawyer competence. There is some correlation between the LSAT and bar passing rate,but only a mild correlation."

    Actually, the LSAT is by far the best predictor of law school grades, your anecdotal evidence notwithstanding. An argument can certainly be made on whether LSAT score + grades correlates strongly with lawyer competence in the broader sense, though it would be hard to find objective proof of such a claim.

    "With that said, certain majors can give you advantages on the LSAT or on certain legal subjects. Generally, MAth, Physics, Philosophy, English, and other majors that involved critical thinking and writing give an advantage for developing LSAT skills."

    You are implying that a certain major will somehow "make" you have a higher LSAT score upon it's study. Most score differences between majors have to do with self-selection.

    "Some courses, however, are better for law school and for lawyering in generaly. Accounting majors do have an advantage in tax courses. Criminology majors do have an advantage for those who want to be criminal specialists. Political science majors have an advantage in con law."

    I think you are far overstating the advantages. No one should ever, EVER major in something in undergrad because they think it'll give them a substantive advantage (as in, they think they're getting a head start on "learning" the law) in law school. It will only backfire on them.
  • speakingezspeakingez Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    Would having a paralegal certificate hurt my chances if I also have a BA in philosophy? If it would hurt me, would my chances go up if I used it to intern/ temp in a law office at some point before applying to law school?

    Earning a paralegal certificate is what made me want to go back to a 4-year and (hopefully) continue on to law school. I don't claim to know much about the law yet, but I always get a bit too excited when reading court opinions. . . .
  • PonyGirl93PonyGirl93 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    OK, so I am 3/4 of my way through a BA in Criminal Justice. I am studying it because I love it, not because I think it will give me a boost in studying law (I know that it will not.) It's something that I can see myself doing if law school falls through, and I think it will give me a tiny bit of background knowledge of the rest of the CJ system as a prosecuting attorney (which is my current interest.)

    Are any law schools really going to penalize/detract from my 4.0 because I am majoring in CJ?
  • freeadmissionsfreeadmissions Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    No. A 4.0 at any school is still regarded as a 4.0. Even if a school or a program is known to be easy/soft, inevitably there will be a few tough professors thrown in there. A 4.0 means that you have impressed many professors and law schools realize that. -freeadmissionsadvice.com
  • popol92popol92 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi, so I'm a first year at UCLA and I am planning on going to law school. I am currently a biochem major and thinking about minoring in Spanish. I am passionate about law but I also love the sciences, and if I ever changed my mind about law school I could go to medical school. However, I fear that my major and minor will be looked down upon by law school admissions. Do you think that it's a good idea to be majoring and minoring in these fields or should I change to something in the humanities?
  • ShikaiShikai Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    A science major such as yours will stand out better among the many poli sci and econ majors that apply.

    If you like sciences then stick with them, that way you have more choices and should you not get into med or law school you'll still be able to work with your degree. Most humanities degrees are near worthless.
  • XaviFMXaviFM Registered User Posts: 952 Member
    At University of Washington there is a program designed to be Pre-Law but it is actually half Economics and half Political Science. So I don't know where such a major would lie. Would it be the generic "social science" as far as the rankings go?
  • cosmascosmas Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    which universities offers masters?
    what are the requirements for one to pursue it?
    how much can it cost roughly?
    and how many years will it take one to study until he graduates?
  • harrymatrisharrymatris Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    HI, I am a newbie here came to gain some knowledge about law and current politics. I was very interested to join in politics as my goal is to serve the people up to my level best. But, when I came across the situation going on now, I was totally confused and feeling sad to join, but it is my passion. Could any of the friends please produce some attachment links regarding the best part of the politics where we have some way for providing our service for the sake of the people who are in requirement? Thanks in advance.



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