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Pre-Law Majors

sourapplzsourapplz Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited May 2005 in Other College Majors
Most colleges don't offer a "pre-law" major, so I was wondering what are the most typical undergraduate majors that will help you get into law school. I'm thinking Political Science, but I'm sure there are more.
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Replies to: Pre-Law Majors

  • ScootronScootron Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Much like "pre-med", there is not a "pre-law" major. You simply consider yourself to be "pre-law", and major in whatever you like. I majored in Accounting, and then went on to law school. I took lots of courses in law school which seemed to fit, such as Corporations, Community Property, Oil and Gas Taxation, Trusts, Wills and Estates, and Estate Planning. These were courses I could see myself needing in a general practice in the state where I lived as well as a more narrow practice concentrating on business planning and taxation or estate planning. If you are interested in a specific area of law, it might be good to major in something to start you down that path, but, you may find yourself too limited when you finish law school if your focus is too narrow.

    I'm not sure this answered your question, but I met people in law school with all sorts of majors.
  • dtmfreakdtmfreak Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    Almost any bachelor's major is good for getting into law. Most students tend to go into Criminal Justic or Poli Sci, but law schools accept plenty of engineers and alike because they can think logically and analytically.
  • uicgrad1uicgrad1 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Depends on the type of law you want to practice, but I think Economics, Political Science, and Criminal Justice are some of the better ones. They all have something to do with the legal world. I also heard Philosophy and English are great for law school prep.

    Law schools don't really care what you majored in though, so I would probably major in something you would want to pursue if you didn't want to go to law school. Philosophy degrees are fine, but if something happens in your life where you can't go to law school right away and need a job...you might it a road block.
  • bluestar7bluestar7 Registered User Posts: 809 Member
    Whatever interests you.

    If you're coming from a good school, have good grades & LSAT scores, and can write well/analytically, you're in good shape. I've known Art History majors to get into top three law schools (and go onto entertainment law)-- political science and public policy are solid choices, I've seen stats that English majors and Economics majors tend to get the highest LSAT scores (and in turn, have highest law school placement rates).
  • tenisghstenisghs Registered User Posts: 3,955 Senior Member
    Political Science, English, Economics, Philosophy, Classics, Sociology

    best majors for law-school. Any majors similar to the above are just as good.
  • averagemathgeekaveragemathgeek Registered User Posts: 265 Junior Member
    "I've seen stats that English majors and Economics majors tend to get the highest LSAT scores"

    Actually math and physics majors are on top: http://www.uic.edu/cba/cba-depts/economics/undergrad/table.htm. However, this data is from fall 1998.
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